Savage on Wheels — Robust Lexus GX460 Luxury tames potholes with smooth ride

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Lexus GX 460


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Large SUVs fill a sizable in this market segment.

week’s Lexus tungsten silver, GX460 Luxury, fits the bill. This is the luxury version of Toyota’s not the biggest or most powerful but robust to say the least.

Start the mechanical muscle under its a 4.6-liter V8 with variable timing and 301 horsepower. That’s to push the full-time four-wheel-drive 5,179 pounds to highway Linked with a six-speed transmission, the power is delivered and effectively. All three GX460 come with the same

Steering effort is moderate, not as as one might expect for a vehicle size. The GX460 handles with little lean in turns, and it’s easy to fit a grocery parking lot space. In its turning radius is a moderate feet, about the same as compact SUVs.

While this is a body on truck, which sometimes a bouncier truck ride, tames even our current moonscape with the GX460. springs and gas shocks up front and air springs and gas shocks absorb that comes their The ride is well controlled and and sound deadening material the interior quiet.

This SUV with full-time four-wheel and you can adjust it for off-road excursions or snow or muck by flipping a on the console. Three other toggles give you other One allows you to shift the ride comfort, which most of us prefer, to sport, to firm up the Another gives you more on steep inclines, mostly for extreme off-road conditions, and the raises and lowers the vehicle’s in case you’re fording a or mushing through snow

I suspect most folks keep their $63,000 on the but certainly there is some capability here, plus an ground clearance if you’re about roughing it.

Lexus strong braking power, with vented front and brakes, plus stability and sway control. If you’re a boat or snowmobiling trailer, truck has 6,500 pounds of capacity.

The downside to all this grip and towing power is gas mileage. The EPA rates this at 15 mpg and 20 mpg highway. I got 15.47 mpg in about 70% driving.

If you prefer a little less to aid in gas savings and to cut your entry consider the GX460’s cousin, the It’s the same basic from a size and performance But the 4Runner features a 270-horse V6 and is rated 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. The drive 4Runner also at $33,680, and the top-end Limited is $44,260.

By comparison, a base GX460 lists at $49,999, a model is $53,795 and the tested model is $60,715.

Inside the you’ll find little to with the stylish interior. comfortable, quiet, well out, and offers all the goodies and you’d expect at this

Lexus GX 460

The test SUV’s interior was leather, the seats featuring stitching and the dash and doors small wood inserts and silver trim. Front are powered with two memory for the driver’s seat, and three and cool settings. Second-row also are heated, as is the steering

Those seats are well and comfortable too, with a enough bottom seat to keep short drivers’ from cramping on a long Head and legroom are good and rear, plus there are third-row split seats can be raised by pressing buttons the tailgate. First remember to the cargo cover, though. seats also will flat manually, but they are heavy to raise once down.

Dash layout is with easy-to-view gauges, a tilt/telescope steering wheel and a navigation/radio screen in the center Buttons are large and easy to use and the big screen is helpful for viewing the camera. Lexus includes a warning system on the GX460, a power sunroof overhead and with extenders.

Outside there are wide running boards to help climb aboard, plus assist handles, one on the A pillar and two in the seat area to help riders get in and out easily.

There’s a 64.7 cubic feet of space behind the second-row so five adults can travel in and also take along a of gear.

The test SUV added one a 330-watt Mark Levinson audio system with 17 That adds $1,145 to the and along with a $910 charge put the test vehicle at

Mark Savage welcomes questions and comments regarding new at www.facebook.com/savageonwheels/.

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