REVIEW: 2017 Lexus GX 460

Los Angeles Review Lexus GX460

It’s rare to find a luxury vehicle that can handle a rugged lifestyle, but drivers in Los Angeles will find exactly that in the 2017 Lexus GX 460.

The full-size SUV isn’t merely a means to get from point A to point B, but rather a vehicle that can take you anywhere you want to go, including off road. There are lots of other reasons to love the GX 460, so check out our full review:

STYLING AND INTERIOR

The seven-passenger 2017 GX is no wallflower, with a tall stance and a squared body that make it look like it was made for off-roading and a body-on-frame construction that confirms it. It wears the Lexus signature spindle grille with ease, and has an all-new Sport Design Package that adds a stand-out front fascia and 18-inch gunmetal alloy wheels.

Due to its height, it’s an easy ute to enter and exit, plus it has easy-access seating and the option for second-row captain’s chairs if you don’t need that seventh seat. Additionally, 10-way power front seats, NuLuxe interior trim, roof rails, and a rear spoiler are all standard features. You can opt to add wood and leather accents, leather seating, and touch-button folding third-row seats.

FEATURES

The 2017 GX is equipped with standard dual-zone climate control, power moonroof, adjustable steering wheel, and an infotainment system featuring smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity, 9 audio speakers, 8-inch touchscreen, dual USB inputs, and Siri Eyes Free. Optional features include three-zone climate control with air filter, LED foglights, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. If you’re planning on taking some road trips, you may also consider the dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system with DVD/CD, wireless remote, wireless headphones, and an AC outlet.

PERFORMANCE AND ENGINE

The GX 460 was built with off-road terrain in mind, with a rigid chassis and the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that let it traverse dirt, snow, and boulders with ease. The Lexus-exclusive suspension system uses stiff anti-roll bars to minimize lean on the pavement, but allow for increased suspension on uneven paths. The four-wheel drive ute also has a torque-sensing, limited-slip center differential that ensures power is evenly distributed to the front and rear axles for optimal uphill performance, as well as active traction control that keeps the SUV grounded.

Under the hood, the GX 460 is packing a 4.6-liter V8 engine that makes 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

SAFETY

True to Lexus form, the GX puts safety front and center, with a 10-airbag system, active front headrests, power-assisted braking, LED headlights and taillights, Smart Stop technology, backup camera, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect all standard. You also have the option to add active driver assistance technology, including blind-spot monitor, lane-departure alert, collision mitigation, and high-speed, dynamic radar cruise control.

PRICING

Starting at $51,680 MSRP

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