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Lexus GX 460: Full-size capable Luxury SUV

By Arv Voss, June 22nd, 2019

The Lexus GX 460 ranks as one of the top vehicles in the full-size luxury SUV field for both on- and off-road use. It used to be one of just a few in the full-size category; however, this segment continues to grow in popularity.

The 2019 Lexus GX 460 is a fully capable SUV with full-time 4WD and advanced dynamic control systems. It shares its platform architecture with the Toyota 4Runner.

-- OVERVIEW

The GX 460 is a three-row SUV that seats up to seven or eight and comes in three trim levels: a base model, a Premium model, and the flagship GX 460 Luxury model. Power for all trim levels is provided by a 4.6-liter V-8 engine with VVT-I, sequential multiport fuel injection, and electronic throttle control system with intelligence.

The engine's energy output is geared to all four wheels through an electronically controlled six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission and Torsen limited slip center differential with an electronic locking feature.

Horsepower is 301 at 5,500 rpm, while the torque rating is 329 lb.-ft. at 3,500 rpm. Towing capacity is 6,500 pounds and is made easier with trailer sway control. Torque vectoring enhances power distribution to the wheels with the most traction. Off-road capability is supported by a wide array of chassis control technology.

-- BULKY STYLE

Visually, the GX 460 is as attractive as a full-size SUV can be. It leads with a massive chrome-laden spindle grille, followed by a relatively flat hood with character lines that flow to the sharply angled windshield. The roof slopes almost imperceptibly to the rear where it finishes with a spoiler above the rear glass. The rear presents a broad, low stance. The rear gate opens horizontally, hinged on the right, making it impractical for the U.S. market because when parallel parked and loading or unloading at the curb, the wide door blocks curb access.

-- COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

The cabin is loaded with sumptuous creature comforts and conveniences, and the fit, finish, and material selection is elegant and sophisticated. Seating is for seven or eight, with the third-row seats folding flat and opening at the touch of a switch. Second-row seats also fold flat, but are manually operated.

My test 2019 Lexus GX 460 was in Luxury trim, which came with a base sticker of $63,555. The final tally came to $66,920 after factoring in options and the delivery, processing, and handling fee. The exterior was sprayed Nightfall Mica with the interior done in black with mahogany trim accents.

-- PERFORMANCE

Except for its massive size, driving the new Lexus GX 460 Luxury is no different from driving a premium luxury sedan. The ride quality is exceptionally comfortable, thanks to the adaptive variable suspension featuring three modes: Normal, Sport, and Comfort, and the adjustable height control adds to the vehicle's functionality and flexibility.

The 4.6-liter V-8 delivers power in spades, but one must remember that bringing the more-than-2-ton SUV to a halt warrants a little forethought. Handling is spot on -- for a vehicle with the GX's mass, it is surprisingly light on its rolling stock.

-- FINAL TAKE

Bottom line, the Luxury version of the 2019 Lexus GX 460 is not unreasonably priced considering its feature content and, while the 15 mpg city / 18 mpg highway fuel economy rating is not stellar, the warranty program is a plus.

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