Underneath its impeccable paint and luxurious interior, the GX 460 is an old-school SUV, retaining body-on-frame construction and V8 power. Standard full-time four-wheel drive incorporates a low-range transfer gear to provide rock-crawling capabilities well beyond what one would expect from a vehicle wearing a Lexus badge.
Each GX 460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 that sends 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels, via a six-speed automatic transmission. The computer-managed four-wheel drive system features a Torsen limited-slip center differential. A Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System promises both excellent on-road stability and maximum off-road wheel travel. On-road or off, up to seven occupants can relish the GX’s high-quality materials, exceptional fit and finish, and posh comfort.
Fuel economy is estimated at 15 mpg in city driving and 18 mpg on the highway (17 mpg combined). That’s slightly better than the LX 570, but far short of thrifty. A GX 460 can reach 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.
Vehicle control may be enhanced by optional Crawl Control, which modulates the throttle and brakes over steep terrain. It comes in a Driver Support Package that also includes lane-departure alert, a pre-collision system, driver attention monitor, and front/side view camera system.
The base GX 460 includes a moonroof, power front seats with driver’s memory, power driver’s lumber adjustment, nine-speaker audio with satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth, an 8-inch touchscreen, and SmartAccess keyless entry and starting. Also standard are wood interior trim, a rearview camera, illuminated running boards, and 18-inch wheels.
An optional Navigation package includes the Enform app-telematics system with voice commands. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is available separately, as are LED foglamps and full mahogany wood trim.
The midrange Premium model adds navigation and Intuitive Parking Assist, along with heated/ventilated front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, LED foglamps, mahogany wood trim, and three-zone automatic climate control. Blind-spot monitoring is still an option.