It’s no secret that Lexus is the posh arm of Toyota. And to that finish, the GX collection is also referred to as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado with variations on choices and trims by area, and so forth. The primary within the collection was the GX 470 (J120), launched in 2002 to be the third SUV from Lexus. It used the identical four.7-liter V8 engine because the bigger LX 470. The GX 460 is the second era (J150) and was launched in November of 2009 with Toyota’s four.6-liter 1UR-FE V8 engine. The Lexus GX 460 is a body-on-frame development car with full-time four-wheel drive utilizing a Torsen middle locking differential and an electronically managed hi-lo switch case.
To place the GX 460 to the check, we had a reasonably typical Colorado winter weekend. We loaded up our household of 4 with ski and in a single day sleeping gear and drove from Boulder as much as Breckenridge to get a day of snowboarding in earlier than heading on to Buena Vista the place we stayed in a cabin at a ranch to take pleasure in some winter enjoyable with a variety of different households. In all, we coated over 300 miles with some vital stretches of pretty snowy street circumstances. The GX 460 is available in three trim choices: The GX 460, GX 460 Premium, and GX 460 Luxurious. The precise car we drove was a Silver 2019 / 9710A GX 460 Luxurious which meant it got here with a slew of bells and whistles and as pushed priced at $67,834.
The experience into and from the mountains was very clean with unbiased double-wishbone suspension within the entrance and four-link suspension within the rear. Each the entrance and rear use coil springs with gas-pressurized shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. We had only a few situations the place we have been on any type of tough street, so we will solely converse to pavement driving, which was wonderful. Despite the fact that the GX 460 is taller than the typical SUV at 74 inches, it didn’t really feel prefer it was awkward to deal with. Nor did it really feel prime heavy in excessive velocity sharp turns. And, it was straightforward to show because of the power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. What was unremarkable nevertheless was the tease of getting three indistinguishable drive modes. A change within the middle console subsequent to the shift lever provides the driving force the selection to drive in Sport, Commonplace, or Consolation mode. I couldn’t really feel a distinction amongst these—I assume I’m not sufficient of a princess to really feel the pea.
Controls of the middle console (clockwise from higher left): rear peak management, drive modes, excessive/low 4WD, crawl velocity.
Whereas we didn’t have any tough roads to barter the GX 460 does present it’s Toyota Land Cruiser pedigree with all types of options like Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KISS) and crawl management. We did nevertheless have loads of slippery circumstances and the GX 460 all the time felt secure. The complete-time 4 wheel drive definitely did its half on the slick roads and we did have an occasion the place we would have liked to tug off of the street down a snowy berm with unknown underneath snow floor circumstances to make an emergency diaper change. Only for enjoyable to get out of there I flipped the drivetrain change to L4 and the GX 460 didn’t even flinch to get us up and over that berm and again onto the snowy street on the usual offered 265/60 R18 mud and snow tires. I might not have carried out that maneuver in something aside from a four-wheel drive SUV and that exhibits the place the flexibility of the “utility” facet actually involves play.
The view from the third row.
This rig did include the tow hitch and advertises a 6,500-pound towing capability. We didn’t use that, however we do typically journey with our bikes on a hitch mounted rack, so this car would serve us properly in that capability. The GX 460 additionally has a change on the console for the rear peak air suspension management to assist regulate the peak of the tow ball to match your trailer. The icon on the change nevertheless makes it appear to be it will increase and decrease the physique on all 4 wheels for larger general floor clearance for rock crawling or the such. Alas, that was not the case. Nonetheless, a pleasant function when wanted.
All crammed up. Word the skis poking out.
We did nevertheless stuff the GX 460 to the gills. On common, the Lexus GX 460 runs slightly on the small aspect so far as cargo area is worried for 3 row SUVs. Since our check mannequin didn’t embrace the non-compulsory cargo cross bars (and from my restricted analysis, it seems like the simplest choice is to purchase the cross bars from Lexus to slot in their distinctive rail system), we couldn’t use our roof prime field. So every thing, together with skis, needed to go in the primary cabin. The lifesaver right here was the middle ski cut up within the second row bench seat, although it’s additionally obtainable with second row captains chairs which can naturally depart an area between the 2 for skis. With simply 4 of us touring, the flexibility of with the ability to collapse the third row into cargo area labored out simply wonderful. There’s solely 11.6 cubic ft of area behind the third row which solely supplies a few foot of depth so it’s superb for a couple of luggage of groceries or an emergency package and that’s about it. Because the third row seats recline a bit (rightfully) that foot of depth narrows shortly as you progress upward so solely skinny tall gadgets will match again there. When the third row is lowered the cargo area goes to 46.7 cubic ft and that’s what we crammed from flooring to ceiling. When you don’t have kiddos to haul, you will get a complete of 64.7 cubic ft by decreasing the second row of seats.
The skis come right through.
The place the third row did repay was once we had unloaded all of our gear into our cabin on the ranch after which we might invite pals to carpool with us for a run into city—a really perfect use. The third row is just not a spot to place adults for an extended street journey.
Full passenger mode.
Probably the most curious of all of the design parts associated to hauling—particularly to loading the GX 460 to haul issues—is how the rear door swings open. It opens from left to proper, that’s, it swings in the direction of the curb aspect in left aspect steering/proper aspect of the street driving nations like the USA. Meaning whenever you’re loading or unloading alongside the curb on the lodge or on the airport, you need to go across the opened rear door to get issues in or out. Disastrous? No. Inconvenient? Definitely in some situations.
Rear door opens to the fitting… in the direction of the curb.Little or no cargo area with all three rows up.Rear window pops open to get these previous couple of items to suit. Simply keep in mind to get them out this manner or they’ll find yourself on the bottom whenever you open the rear door.
The 15 metropolis/18 freeway for a mixed 16 mpg is OK for a car of this measurement however begs the query on why Toyota can’t make a extra environment friendly engine when the a lot greater and better towing succesful GMC Yukon XL can get 20 mpg on the freeway. We didn’t have sufficient fuel stops in our testing window to hassle with calculating out our personal numbers because the claimed mileage is ok and doubtless gained’t be that massive of a choice issue for somebody out there for a car just like the GX 460.
Facilities & Consolation
With the Luxurious package deal at our disposal, facilities have been quite a few though all of those aren’t essentially restricted to the Luxurious package deal. There are a number of airbags all through the cabin for all three rows, voice help, rear visitors alerts, backup digital camera, parking help cameras (mounted beneath the outside rear view mirrors), leather-based trimmed seats, 10-way adjustment energy entrance seats, heated second row seats, Three-zone local weather adjustment, rain sensing wipers, moonroof, auto-dimming excessive beam headlights, and an unimaginable Mark Levinson sound system.
Of specific curiosity to us for household journey was the drop-down backseat view mirror. We additionally favored the discrete and coated USB energy port within the middle console above the shifter, the independently adjustable middle armrests for the entrance row, the versatile (and stowable) middle console cup holders, and the massive space for storing out there beneath the middle armrests—a super place to maintain snacks and toys to cater to the calls for made out of the second row. And, in fact in winter testing circumstances like this, the heated mahogany steering wheel is actually a luxurious.
Unbiased middle armrests… however gained’t transfer ahead with a drink within the cup holder.Solely a 120v A/C energy plug within the cargo space, no 12v plug.
The Lexus GX 460 is a really household pleasant car. From the above talked about rear-seat view mirror that drops down from the overhead middle console to the kid seat anchor factors for throughout all the second row and the illuminated operating boards for these decided little ones who insist on climbing themselves into the car. To not point out all the good security options that include the GX 460 to maintain all that valuable cargo protected by serving to keep away from collisions within the first place, however to guard them if the unlucky does happen. And whereas we might principally maintain that third row folded down for cargo, the power to have the ability to load up your child’s associates is superior and simply plain enjoyable to take care of the “Cool Dad” moniker for these spontaneous runs to the ice cream parlor.
Exhausting to see, however the rear seat view mirror is above the rear view driving mirror.
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