Tough Premium: 2014 Lexus GX 460 — Times Union

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Base $49,085; as tested: $61,706

truck-based Sport Utility are fairly rare these Ditto and more so for large, Utes. Lexus is a premium and the company fields two full-size SUVs. The GX 460 is the smaller of the two, but only a relative measure. The LX almost 16 1/2 feet long and tip the at three tons. The GX is 8 inches and about 800 lb. lighter.

The GX was last to a full redesign five ago. The interim years major makeovers are often to as face lifts. In this it’s more like a Lift, as the GX 460 becomes the latest to take on the company’s bold spindle grille, along angular, asymmetrical headlights and LED lights. Other, outside cues include new, wheels, revamped tail and rear bumper.

In all, it’s downright in the tradition of truck-based Utes, and the new end adds a bit of character.

The GX is moderately and so is fitted with running If, like me, your feet are you’ll find that the offer a rather small especially with boots on. Hop and the GX shows off a cabin that is by both Ute-like and luxurious. The lines of the Lexus make for of headroom, and the dash design has a squared off look. While the contends with traditional, 3/4 blind spots, the outside mirrors are oversized, and the all-important Spot Monitoring system with Rear Cross-Traffic is optional on base and Premium standard on Luxury models. controls are generally well some luxury features steering wheel, for example) are from view. Sitting the center stack is a touch that’s large enough to be and hooded, to avoid sun washout. controls are partially absorbed this main screen, adds more steps to everyday actions (like HVAC fan speed) than a array would require.

While Luxury level like my tester are highly as they say, there is a list of technology and specialty as well. The roster includes a 330 17-speaker, Mark Levinson sound system ($1,145), and a Support Package ($4,340) bundles a wide view and side monitor system, high beam control, departure alert, a pre-collision dynamic cruise control and a control system for the off-roaders.

The 10-way power seats in suit most any size There’s also …-sized in row two, where the seats are 40/20/40, and slide fore and aft to legroom. The third row of seats is suited to kids, owing to the of space available, the knee’s-up and the nimbleness involved in getting in and out of the Maximum cargo capacity is cubic feet not especially for a large SUV. Access to the cargo hold is via side-swinging It’s hinged on the right which can impede curb-side if you’re parked in tight

All GX trims are available with a drivetrain. The 4.6-liter V-8 makes 301 329 lb. ft. of torque and is linked to a six-speed transmission. Acceleration is comfortably for the class a little under 8 from 0-60 and EPA fuel figures are about what expect 15 city, 20 highway, Premium fuel recommended.

Lexus GX 460

Maximum towing capacity is lb.; trailer sway is a new addition this year.

The four-wheel-drive system is a stout, setup, with a lockable, Torsen center differential and a transfer case. Under driving conditions, power is 40% front/60% rear, with made based on wheel Ground clearance, and angles of break over and departure are worthy, and a variety of onboard are on hand (hill-start assist, assist control, Crawlcontrol, active traction control) for travel, or when traction is compromised. While the size and price suggest that few GX will be called upon to go off-road, it has the chops to do so. More to the for most, it would be unfazed by streets and other winter woes.

On dry pavement, the GX feels stable at speeds, and the ride quality is smooth. Large SUVs a high center of gravity feel especially sporty cornering, and that’s the case Steering is scaled to allow movement in tight quarters, but offer a lot of feel through the for the driver.

One Lexus increase/decrease for sounds like a net win for buyers. and option package content is up, this year’s starting is $4,710 less than the model a 9% drop.

A regular contributor to the Times for more than 20 years, Dan is the award-winning author of six books, and of over 150 calendars. Read recent reviews on line at www.TimesUnion.com .

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