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Test Drive: 2014 GX 460

Our test Lexus GX 460 Luxury to $62,770 on the sticker, including the audio system and $910 charge.

Dates tested .

Miles Driven . 146

Driving mix . 65% 35% highway

Base price . (not including $910 charge)

Options on test car . Levinson audio system

Price as tested . $62,770

The Great seats, quiet

The good: Respectable power, trimmed interior

The not so good: entry, poor fuel

Recently we had some good to say about Lexus ’ largest vehicle, the big body-on-frame, 5.7-liter-V8, LX 570. That’s not the end of the Lexus SUV however. Anyone who thinks he or she some of the qualities of the 570 but without all of its bulk, or thirst may find an in the midsize Lexus GX 460.

In an era many of its contemporaries have to more carlike crossover the GX 460 is an outlier with its continued of a truckish separate body and It presses on with V8 power a 4.6-liter 301-horsepower dohc that won’t blow hair back, but won’t either. Meanwhile, the 460 possesses useful features like 4-wheel drive with an locking limited-slip center automatic load leveling, and sway control.

Cabin is mostly lined quality materials, though plastic on dash is overused and a little cheap.

In some the GX seems to be a scaled-down approximation of its big brother. Aside from the of their construction, both good leg and head room in the two rows, and fairly unobstructed through tall windows. is high in either vehicle, and side steps assist attempting to slip past on exit will rub the back of leg; get ready to get dirty. The LX and GX comfortable seats, and classy and treatments of dash and door Both vehicles are stuffed the full complement of Lexus features (Enform app suite, connectivity, etc.) but without the mouse controller found in the sedans.

Of course, there are differences between the two vehicles.

The GX 460 rides and handles nicely, and is to maneuver than the 570 by virtue of its size. Like the big job, the GX has adjustable shock damping, but in a reversal, this driver that the 460’s “comfort” behaved well enough to be for most driving. Indeed, the settings didn’t seem enough to improve or ruin the experience.

In the smaller GX, three sitting comfortably in the 2 nd row might be too to ask on any trip that runs than 10 minutes. The flat-topped driveline hump is slight, but it force the middle occupant’s up.

Where the 570 has a conventional top-hinged the 460 sports an odd right-side-hinged tailgate a backlight that can be opened by The sweep needed to fully this wide door may its use in some spaces. Within, thinly padded 50/50 3 rd seats power up or down at the of a button. When the seats are a flat load floor and creates a good amount of space.

A holdover from markets the GX is sold in, rear is via a swing-away rear door can be a hassle when loading and especially when pulled to a

Cabin storage space for stuff is differently configured and not as generous in the 460. The glovebox is big to contain the owner’s manual but not else. There are pockets in all doors. A deep console-box with a little “change resides under a padded that doubles as an armrest; the adjusts fore and aft. cup holders and a forward cubby a power plug and USB port are covered by wood-trimmed doors.

As for a lighter vehicle with a engine, the GX460 gets out of a gallon of premium fuel, it’s hardly a miser in the scheme of things. When driver put 61 miles on Consumer ® ’s test vehicle, 72 percent of was under city conditions, the 460 15.42 mpg. That was 1.5 mpg better than his run in the 570, but not the kind of news that buyers are going to want to

The Lexus GX 460 Luxury model in test started at $60,715, includes a distinct 18-inch design, power folding 3 rd seats, a heated steering semianiline seat leather, cover, power-folding auto-dimming mirrors, a blind-spot monitor rear cross-traffic alert, and washers that are all either or offered as options in the base and models. The sole add-on to tester was an $1145 audio-system that, with the delivery ran the final tab to $62,770.

It’s always fun to drive a with a little backstory. America is the only market in the GX 460 is sold as a Lexus. In most of this stout truck is as the Toyota Land Cruiser and in Japan and most of Asia as the Cruiser Prado. A lower-priced of the Prado is sold Stateside as the 4Runner. Both the GX and 4Runner are in Japan.

Pop-up rear is a handy feature that offsets the hassle of the side-hinged door.

Consumer Guide was enough to evaluate the GX 460 and the larger LX 570 at the time. And while I found to be solid-feeling, powerful, well-crafted I found myself enjoying my in the GX more.

A traditional SUV, the GX sits on its body-on-frame architecture, and that to body lean, or at least the sense of lean. Though in more rapid cornering, our truck’s roll in corners was excessive.

I found that the quick steering and surprisingly brakes contributed to a sporty that seemed a little odd in a of this heft.

Time left me grateful for the big, front seats, and the quiet, cabin. I’m not a fan of the smoked aluminum-look that is liberally applied the dash, but the rest of the interior is but high-end.

I’m still a little that Lexus continues to this truck in the U.S. the one-piece swing-out rear Opening the door is pretty impossible if anyone is parked behind you, and walking the door with large is a pain.

Also a bummer is the of cargo space remaining the rear-most seats are up and in use. I that most owners have the tiny 3 rd -row folded flat most of the though.

At almost $63,000, our test is pretty expensive, but it is also nice. With lots of clearance and some serious hardware, Snow Belters can a better case for this rig than folks in less climes. If the better handling, expensive, less thirsty RX 350 isn’t exclusive enough for the GX isn’t a bad way to go. And, rock-solid value will help the initial price of entry a

In most markets outside of the the Lexus GX 460 is known as the Toyota Cruiser Prado.

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