Test Drive: Lexus GX 460 both rugged and refined | Times Free Press

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Lexus GX 460


Engine: 4.6 V-8

Horsepower: 301

Transmission: six-speed

Fuel economy: 20 mpg highway/15 mpg

Dealer: Lexus of Chattanooga

(as tested): $52,638

There are luxury vehicles I’d as SINOs. My acronym — a total — stands for SUVs-in-name-only, and you know the

They’re car-based cross-over with a little extra clearance, a two-wheel-drive set-up and interiors that would at home in a premium mini-van. The off-roading most of these ever experience is gliding a mall parking lot.

Then there are vehicles the Lexus GX 460, real SUVs that have all the comforts of a luxury ride but have the capability to plow shallow creeks or to sprint farm pastures in a rainstorm getting mired in mud.

week, Joe Prebul at Lexus of set us up in a black 2014 GX 460, literally gets a face-lift year with the addition of the new spindle grille — an design statement that has the brand. The spindle grille is the equivalent of a hormone injection, edginess to Lexus’s traditionally designs.

Also new for 2015 is a price drop for the base GX like our tester, which them an even better proposition.


Although a mid-size SUV, the GX 460 is a true, vehicle with three of seating — including a way row that can actually accommodate

Sliding into the driver’s the GX 460 offers a commanding view of the ahead. Elements of its padded comes together at right at the center stack, no arches or lines to add fussiness. Seats are in the hips, with sufficient to keep you from sliding The NuLuxe seats are perforated, available heating and cooling on trim levels. There are independent climate controls for and third-row occupants, so everybody can a little cocoon of personal

Lexus GX 460

The second row of seats are split and the passenger-side seat tilts and forward so it’s easier for to climb into the third Total cargo capacity is an 64.7 cubic feet.

on the GX 460 is a Lexus audio unit 8-inch touch screen subscription-free traffic and weather, camera, LED headlamps, power roof rails, 10-way adjustable front seats, sound and push-button start. Our vehicle comes with a package ($1,795) which voice-activated controls, a high-resolution LCD display and wide-angle rear-view

The exterior of the GX 460 is masculine, with wheel arches and a sculpted that blends well the new spindle grille treatment.


Although very in design and execution — the GX 460 can tow up to pounds — the SUV is also a to drive. Lexus, a leader in manages to give the GX 460 the hushed the brand is famous for, maintaining its off-road prowess.

A 4.6 V-8 engine is standard across the GX 460 and provides ample power 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque. drive is standard on the GX 460, and inches of ground clearance to its rugged practicality.

On a midday test drive week, the GX 460 sliced through on Highway 153. The ride is and smooth, just right for a family vacation or a daily The six-speed automatic transmission is and competent.

For families that the versatility of seven-passenger seating, and a V-8 machine, the GX 460 — especially in trim — is a compelling Expect 20 mpg highway and 15 mpg city. its new exterior design, the 2014 GX 460 a dash of excitement to this but refined, package.

Contact Kennedy at mkennedy@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6645. him on Twitter @TFPCOLUMNIST. Subscribe to his updates at www.facebook.com/mkennedycolumnist.

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