Now in its
second generation, the seven-passenger Lexus GX 460 full-size
sport utility returns for 2019. G. Chambers Williams III of
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram offers his review.
Now in its second
generation, the seven-passenger Lexus GX 460 full-size sport utility
returns for 2019 with a starting price of $52,355 (plus $1,025
freight) for the base model, $54,925 for the midlevel Premium, and
$63,755 for the top-of-the-line Luxury version, which we tested for
For 2019, the GX
carries over without any major changes, but the Blind Spot Monitor
with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is now a standard feature at no extra
Also, the Lexus
Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect features are complimentary
for 10 years, and Lexus Enform Remote, which brings smart-watch and
Amazon Alexa integration, is now included on all models.
Over the past couple
of years there have been some content tweaks, such as the addition
of a new Sport Design Package ($1,950) for the two higher trim
levels, which adds 18-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels with
gunmetal metallic finish; special front fascia and lower grille
surround; side mirrors with chrome detail; a sporty rear valence;
chrome exhaust tip; scarlet taillights; and heated middle row
tilt/slide dual captain’s chairs.
Among other features
added recently were standard LED headlights and daytime running
lights, and optional LED fog lights (included on Luxury and
Premium), along with a new rear fascia and taillights.
captain’s chairs are available for the second row of seats, which
will cut the vehicle’s capacity to six people; and heated and
ventilated front seats are offered as a standalone option ($640) on
the base model, rather than requiring a full separate upgrade
There’s also an
available Driver Support Package with Mark Levinson Audio ($2,340),
included on our Luxury tester, which adds high-tech safety gear such
as the Pre-Collision System, Driver Attention Monitor, Lane
Departure Alert, Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High-Beam
Headlights, Crawl Control, and Wide View Front and Side Monitor.
The Driver Attention
Monitor uses a camera to scan the driver’s face, and to sound a
warning if the driver stops looking forward. If the driver doesn’t
respond as the vehicle closes on an obstacle detected ahead, this
system gently applies the brakes, retracts the front seatbelts and
prepares the brake system to respond with increased force when the
brake pedal is pushed.
Premium models are
created by adding the Premium Package to the base GX, bringing
leather seats, mahogany wood interior trim, rain-sensing wipers with
windshield de-icer, 18-inch split-spoke alloy wheels, LED fog
lights, intuitive parking assist, heated/ventilated front bucket
seats, heated outboard second-row seats, three-zone automatic
climate control, touch-screen navigation with voice control, and the
Lexus Enform telematics/connectivity system with app suite and
on the Luxury model include the Adaptive Variable Suspension,
self-leveling rear air suspension, semi-aniline leather interior
trim, wood- and leather-trimmed heated steering wheel,
power-reclining and folding third-row seats, headlight washers and a
The included Lexus
Enform Service Connect allows owners to have remote access to
information about the vehicle. The available information includes
maintenance alerts, warning-light notifications, and vehicle health
reports that include email and push notifications for diagnostic
information, required maintenance reminders, current vehicle alerts,
service campaigns, and more.
Also available is
Lexus Enform Remote, which allows the owner to remotely view and
control certain vehicle features using a mobile app for iOS and
Android devices. Key features include remote door lock/unlock;
remote stop/start for the engine and climate control; vehicle
finder, guest driver monitor and more.
On all models,
there’s a standard audio system with eight-inch touch-screen
display, backup camera system, and HD radio with real-time traffic
and weather information. Trailer sway control is also standard.
Our Luxury tester,
though, came with the Mark Levinson Premium Audio, included in the
Driver Support Package. It’s also available by itself, for $1,145.
We also had the Sport Design Package.
Also included was the
Dual-Screen Rear Entertainment system ($1,970). Otherwise, the
Luxury model already comes with just about everything you can get on
Previously known as
the GX 470, since 2010 the vehicle has been called the GX 460,
reflecting a change for the second generation to a 4.6-liter V-8
engine, replacing the previous 4.7-liter.
Among Lexus vehicles,
this is one of two traditional sport utilities. The other is the
slightly more expensive LX 570. The GX essentially is a fancier
version of the Toyota 4Runner, while the LX is a higher-end version
of the Toyota Land Cruiser.
The current 4Runner
no longer offers a V-8 engine — it comes only with a 4.0-liter V-6
— so the GX 460 gives a V-8 option to 4Runner fans, along with
more luxury. That allows for more towing capacity as well — the
GX460 can pull trailers weighing up to 6,500 pounds, versus 4,700
pounds for the 4Runner.
With the base GX 460,
you get NuLuxe (faux leather) trim with natural grain and Linear
Espresso Wood/Abyss Black trim. Headlight washers are available
(standard on the Luxury model).
Both the GX and
4Runner are built on the same architecture, but on the GX, fulltime
four-wheel drive is standard. And for fans of off-road driving, the
system is a true four-wheel drive, with low-range gearing available
through a toggle-switch-activated transfer case for serious trail
capability has always been one of the hallmarks of four-wheel-drive
equipped 4Runners and the GX, and the current GX 460 also includes
some of the innovative trail-driving features of the LX 570.
As unibody crossover
utility vehicles take over from traditional SUVs across the
industry, the GX and LX continue as body-on-frame, truck-style SUVs.
In the Lexus lineup,
the GX fits between the RX 350/450h crossovers and the LX. The RX is
based on the architecture of the Toyota Highlander crossover.
Under the hood of the
GX is the 4.6-liter V-8 rated at 301 horsepower and 329 foot-pounds
of torque, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission.
There was plenty of
power in our GX tester, even on mountain roads we experienced during
our test week. We did not tow any trailers with the GX, but have
done so with the V-6 powered 4Runner, which does quite with a
trailer towing a car behind.
ratings for the GX 460 are 15 mpg city/18 highway/16 combined.
During our test, we averaged about 16.3 mpg with mostly highway and
No driver input is
needed for normal driving in four-wheel drive; but the driver can
lock it into four-wheel-drive high or low range as conditions
warrant. There is a Torsen limited-slip center differential with
Included is the
advanced Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, designed to provide
improved on-road ride and handling while keeping the vehicle’s
off-road capability, Lexus says.
With the standard
bench seat, the GX has room for three passengers in the middle row;
the third row can accommodate two small people (think kids). The
second-row bench can be moved up to 4.1 inches forward or backward
to allow for longer or shorter legs in either row, or to maximize
cargo space behind the second seat (with the third seat folded).
The 60/40 split
second-row seat can be folded, as well, to increase cargo space, and
it also can recline. The third seat has a standard power folding
feature to increase cargo capacity with the seat isn’t needed for
passengers — otherwise, space is quite limited behind the third
row — under 10 cubic feet.
On the GX, the
tailgate opens to the right side in one piece, or the glass can be
flipped up separately with the rest of the tailgate still in place.
The GX is very quiet
at highway speeds, allowing passengers to enjoy the entertainment
system or conduct conversations in normal voices.
Standard on our
vehicle were an electronically adjustable suspension with three
modes — normal, sport and comfort. Crawl Control, included in the
Driver Support Package, is designed for slow off-road driving over
rugged terrain. It automatically modulates the throttle and brake,
allowing the driver to concentrate on steering, and can help free
the vehicle from sand, mud or snow.
Control and Downhill Assist Control are standard on the GX 460, both
designed for driving on steep hills — on or off the pavement.
features include electronic stability control; antilock brakes with
electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist; and 10 air
bags, including driver and front-passenger knee and seat-mounted
side air bags, as well roof-mounted side-curtain air bags for all
Among other standard
GX 460 features are eight-way power-adjustable front seats;
automatic climate control; steering wheel audio controls; power moon
roof; a memory system for the driver’s seat, steering wheel
position and outside mirrors; and an overhead console with universal
choices for 2019 are Starfire Pearl, Silver Lining Metallic, Nebula
Gray Pearl, Nightfall Mica, Fire Agate Pearl, Black Onyx and Claret
Mica. Interior colors available are Black, Sepia or Ecru. Our tester
came with the Nightfall Mica exterior.
With freight and
options, our 2019 GX460 Luxury model had a total sticker price of
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2019 Lexus GX 460
The package: Midsize,
five-door, V-8 powered, fulltime four-wheel-drive, six- or
seven-passenger luxury sport utility vehicle.
second generation of the Lexus truck-based midsize sport utility
vehicle arrived for 2010, and it since has received some design
tweaks and upgrades, including a new Lexus signature spindle grille.
This vehicle offers truck ruggedness and reliability in a package
that combines great off-road capability with good on-road ride and
Negatives: Third seat
is not roomy enough for full-size adults
Side air bags: Front
seat-mounted; side-curtain for all three rows.
Overall length: 192.1
Cargo volume: 9.0
cubic feet (behind third seat); 47.2 cubic feet (third seat folded).
Nissan Armada, Infiniti QX80, Ford Explorer, Ford Expedition,
Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GL 450, Audi Q7.
23 gallons/unleaded premium.
EPA fuel economy: 15
mpg city/18 highway/16 combined.
Base price range:
$52,355-$63,755, plus $1,025 freight.
Price as tested:
$70,840, including freight and options (2019 Luxury model).
On the Road rating:
9.2 (of a possible 10).
Prices shown are
manufacturer’s suggested retail; actual selling price may vary.