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2013 Lexus GX 460 Overview
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.