Could use more low-end torque for pulling up the hills
Could get better fuel economy
Even though many SUV owners don’t take their vehicles off-road, the Lexus GX 460 is highly capable if you ever need to get off the pavement. It would be the ideal vehicle for a family who lives outside the city and lives in the mountains or needs to travel unpaved roads to get home. That’s because the GX shares a similar platform with the capable off-road Toyota 4Runner. The GX is a large luxury SUV that can handle rugged terrain and is a good vehicle for towing a camper or recreation vehicles.
What’s new for 2015?
The Lexus GX 460 remains relatively unchanged for the 2015 model year but Siri Eyes Free Mode and Lexus Enform App Suite adds Slacker upgrades to iHeartRadio 4.0. This week we are testing the 2015 Lexus GX 460 Luxury model.
Options and features
This 2015 Lexus GX 460 Luxury ($60,715) came with one option, the Driver Support Package ($4,340) that included the Mark Levinson Audio system that uses 17 speakers, powered by 330 watts. The package includes the Pre-Collision safety system, Intelligent high-beam headlights, Wide-view front and side monitor and Crawl control. The GX 460 Luxury comes with lots of upgrades inside and out and features tri-zone air conditioning, cargo tonneau, power-retracting outside mirrors, heated steering wheel and rear seats, LED foglamps and 18-inch split six-spoke wheels with Liquid Graphite finish.
Interior comfort and configuration
The Lexus GX Luxury is ideal for large families and is big on the inside. This luxury SUV seats up to seven passengers and comes with three rows of seating. The front row is spacious and the front seats are 10-way power adjustable and are heated and cooled for extra comfort in this SUV. It’s easy to find the perfect driving position for any family member with the tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
The second-row is reasonably roomy and versatile and features heated outboard seats that also recline. The seats offer a power feature and will fold down flat for extra carry ability. The third row can be accessed from the passenger side where the second-row seat moves forward to allow walk-in access. The third row also folds flat at the push of a button, converting the GX 460 to a five-passenger SUV with more cargo. The interior is cavernous and we were able to carry a 10-foot piece of wood trim for home remodeling project.
The Lexus GX 460 comes standard with a 4.6-liter V8 that develops 301 horsepower and comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The big SUV comes standard with full-time All-wheel-drive. It’s EPA-rated at 15/20 mpg city/highway.
The Lexus GX 460 likes to cruise on the level highway and was smooth and unstressed on the commute to work. As we returned home heading up I-70 into the mountains, the 301 hp V8 had to work harder to get us up the hill. GX 460 weighs in at 5340 pounds empty, so if you have a full load, or pulling a trailer, it may struggle to handle the weight. But for those who live on flat ground, the SUV will handle most driving situations with ease.
This SUV comes with body-on-frame construction and low range gearing, and is far more rugged and powerful than the Lexus RX crossover. Unlike the RX, the GX offers excellent off-road capability and comes equipped with features to make off-road driving safe and easy. It’s very comfortable in town and a great setup for getting you into the backcountry.
The GX comes standard with a full-time 4WD system with locking center differential and low-range gearing. The system requires little or no input from the driver, and it’s ideal for safe travel during heavy rains, on snowy and icy roads, or on rough dirt or gravel surfaces. Even with this setup, the GX 460 suspension still eats up the speed bumps and potholes without jarring you or the passengers.
With its truck-like platform, the 2015 Lexus GX 460 Luxury offers excellent control over rugged terrain, and will keep you safe in all weather situations. It’s a traditional SUV, built on the same truck-based architecture as the rugged Toyota 4Runner, with a suspension and drive system designed for the rough stuff. Inside it’s big and luxurious and on the road it’s comfortable and quiet. The 4.6-liter V8 gives good enough power but it could use more low-end torque for pulling up the hills.