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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Lexus GX 460

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Expert's Rating

4.6Excellent

MPG 15 City / 20 Highway
Pros
  • Many standard features
  • Impressive off-road ability
  • Good towing capability
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lacks safety features found on competitors
  • Requires premium fuel
, Automotive Editor -
With traditional body-on-frame SUV construction, the GX 460 offers superior off-road performance at the expense of car-like road manners.

Introduction

Mix the off-road brawn of a Toyota together with the high-end luxury of a Lexus, then put it in a large SUV and you'll end up with the GX-460. Although the GX bears a stronger resemblance to the prototypical SUV than most other models in the segment, this once perceived strength has evolved to become a problem for some consumers; as outstanding off-road capability of the Lexus is mainly responsible for the subpar handling it provides when on pavement.

With most shoppers of the large luxury SUV segment seeking a roomy interior and comfortable ride, the performance of the GX tends to become unnecessary. However, for purposes in which it was meant, the GX-460 does very well. An independent front- and four-link rear-suspension both have shock absorbers and an electronically adjustable stabilizer bar to maintain a controlled ride when in demanding situations.

The interior is upscale with high quality materials used throughout the cabins of both available trims. Besides the base, a Premium trim is offered that mostly features upgraded suspension components along with more standard luxuries. Though Lexus provides only one other alternative to the base GX, available option packages allow for increased customization. With seven available in total, three packages are for the base and two are for the Premium. The last two, including the Sport Design Package, can be equipped on both trims. Consisting of Lexus’ F Sport accessories, the Sport Design Package has a unique exhaust tip, grille, and 18” wheels in a hi-gloss finish. The second all-trim applicable package adds Navigation to a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio system with 17-speakers.

As previously mentioned, one of the few drawbacks of the GX-460 is poor on-road performance. Though the base trim is not as well equipped as the GX, performance-minded consumers may find a better fit with the Land Rover LR4. Along with legendary off-road capability, the LR4 has an equally comfortable interior that seats seven. For an SUV that is better at hiding its preference for off-road or on-, check out the Infiniti QX56. Some are turned off by the curvy appearance, yet climb inside the QX’s spacious cabin and the exterior may grow in appeal.

The Lexus GX-460 stays true to what it knows, and for drivers wanting to pamper seven-passengers while conquering trails, you need look no further.

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2013 Lexus GX 460 Base

Recommended for: Drivers seeking a luxury SUV with considerable off-road capability

As is common throughout the Lexus line, the GX-460’s base trim is equipped with plenty of standards, starting with leather seats. Audio features include auxiliary/USB inputs and a six-disc CD changer, both of which are heard through the nine-speaker sound system. The available Convenience package comes with intuitive park assist and power-folding side-mirrors. Comfort Plus is the second option package exclusive to base models, outfitting the GX-460 with perforated semi-aniline leather, a heated second row, and three-zone automatic climate control. Last but not least, the Navigation System offers a color LCD display and NavTraffic/NavWeather capability. Moving all GX-460 models is a 4.6L V8 with six-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive.

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2013 Lexus GX 460 Premium

Recommended for: Buyers wishing for a Toyota on the trail, but a top-level Lexus in everything else

Already equipped with features such as power-folding mirrors and semi-aniline leather, option packages available for the Premium trim focus on modern safety. A Wide-View Front and Side Monitor System is grouped alongside the Pre-Collision System with Driver Attention Monitor package that includes lane departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control and intelligent high-beam headlamps. The second package exclusive to Premium trims is identical to the first but missing the Wide-View Front and Side Monitor System. Notable suspension upgrades for this costlier GX trim are electronically controlled shock absorbers on the independent, double-wishbone front suspension and air (instead of coil) springs on the four-link rear. Though not by their selves, these air springs help the Adaptive Variable Suspension provide automatic load leveling and three-position manual height control.

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