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2019 Lexus GX OVERVIEW
Sharing a frame with the heavy-duty and off-roading friendly Toyota 4Runner, the 2019 Lexus GX 460 brings the Japanese automaker's traditional sense of refinement and luxury to an extremely capable SUV. With three rows of seating as standard, the GX 460 is a luxurious people-carrier that'll not only last the test of time thanks to Lexus' impeccable build quality, but also looks good doing so.
What's New for 2019
The Lexus GX 460 enters the 2019 model year with no major changes over last year’s model.
Choosing Your Lexus GX
Underneath the GX 460's boxy body sits an old-school body-on-frame construction that gives the SUV its superb off-roading capability. Not to mention, the GX 460 has a smooth V8 engine that gives the SUV its regal qualities on the road. Every GX 460 trim is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission as standard, while a four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer gear is also standard.
Fuel economy for the GX 460 is rated at 15 miles per gallon city, 18 mpg highway, and 16 combined. When properly equipped, the GX 460 is capable of towing up to 6,500 pounds.
While the GX 460 is a luxury-first machine, the SUV, when properly equipped, can go off-roading with some of the best machines on the market. Besides having full-time four-wheel drive, the GX 460 can also be fitted with Crawl Control, which manages the SUV's throttle and brakes to maintain a certain speed over rough terrain. Downhill Assist Control is another optional feature that helps the GX 460 with its off-roading capability and helps maintain a certain speed when traveling down a steep hill.
Lastly, the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System helps improve on- and off-road capability. When driving on the road, the system, which automatically fixes the front and rear stabilizer bars in place, minimizes body roll in corners. When off-roading, the system aids in allowing each wheel to move independently.
The GX is available in three trims:
If you want all of the latest driver-assist features, the 2019 Lexus GX 460 Luxury, despite its large price tag, is the only way to go. If you're willing to sacrifice some safety features, the GX 460 Premium brings some upscale luxury features as standard. Having to choose between three packages is unfortunate, but the cheapest option, the Premium Package with ECRU, is the one we'd go with.