2007 Lexus GX 470 – Test drive and new SUV review

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Lexus GX470

The best 4Runner ever

My daily driver is Moose, a versatile, tough Toyota — all the SUV I’ll ever and then some. I love but I’d toss my Toyota in a second for a 2007 Lexus GX 470 if I got the chance. The 2007 Lexus GX 470 is a 4Runner raised to the highest The 2007 Lexus GX 470 comes a base price of $46,635 as tested), a 4 year/50,000 mile warranty, a 6 year/70,000 mile warranty, and an EPA estimate of 15 mpg city/19 mpg

Moose, please stop — I don’t want to your feelings.


Whenever I see a GX on the road, I’m a little startled by its proportions. it shares a wheelbase (109.8) and similar width (74.0) and (188.2) with 4Runner, it is 3 taller than the Toyota at That subtle difference a trick on my eyes — GX more like a refrigerator a nearly square box.

GX wears Lexus’s trademark trapezoidal grin-shaped grille, with three horizontal bars and a big chrome L smack dab in the A muscularly sculpted hood big ferocious projector headlights. The flare gently over 17 wheels.

Lighted running stab out from the rocker Sharp body creases run the length of the vehicle, connecting and flat surfaces. The tall is slab-like, with a big flat of tinted glass at the top.

A handle on the left side the door, which swings on a right-side hinge — the way for convenient curb-side access in the US.

You can see the quality from ten paces GX’s paint is deep and Body panels fit perfectly, and all of the is precision cut and perfectly set. I Lexus’ fit and finish every I drive one of their SUVs.

The praise I can deliver is that GX is to Lexus standards.

Continued below.

In the Driver’s

GX’s interior is all Lexus rich leather, real eye maple wood trim, quality plastics and elegant

Photo #169; Jason

GX’s interior is all Lexus rich leather, real eye maple wood trim, quality plastics and elegant Unlike 4Runner, which has with a more sporty, look in recent years, GX it conservative and elegant. I felt comfortable and at home behind the

As a driver, you spend most of time with your on the steering wheel (hopefully), and GX you with wood and leather for an instant feeling of luxury. The is adjustable for tilt and reach, and the seat is also highly so finding the right driving is a breeze. When you shut off the the wheel gently tilts up and clearing your path for like a bouncer lifting the rope.

The dash and instrument panel are and fuss-free.

Second row passengers are to plush accommodations as well, great leg and head room, stuffed seats and elegant My test vehicle was equipped an optional third row seat and air ($2,030). It’s a throwback a heavy removable seat snaps into fittings on the load floor.

If you really to carry that many you’d probably do better a bigger SUV like the LX 470 — seats are for short rides for passengers.

My test vehicle was equipped with the superb Levinson audio package and system ($3,250), maybe the factory audio system you can put into a vehicle today, the stereophile’s choice for mobile

On the Road

When I’m by luxury, I feel important. explains why some of the worst on the road are driving luxury — they feel to their place on the road, and like everyone else get out of their way. I get it.

GX treated me like a king, and I was to drive right over all peasants in my way. I resisted.

the hood, Lexus has crammed a 4.7 V8 that sends 263 hp and 323 lb-ft of through its five-speed automatic Full-time four-wheel drive a limited-slip center differential manual locking feature and 8.3 of clearance means that if you to take your $50,000 off-road, you’ll be able to get on-road in one piece.

Suspension is the Lexus touch has really applied. GX has an independent front setup, and a solid axle with a four-link rear. The suspension is adaptive and adjustable for height — basically, the GX the sweet spot between and comfort.

Stabilizer bars and rear keep the SUV on an even

Lexus GX470

GX provides a commanding view of the through its big windshield, and pretty sightlines all around. Parking is the SUV ordeal — the rear that comes with the system helps, as does a 37.4′ turning circle.

Journey’s End

Lexus hits all the points of real luxury.

#169; Jason Fogelson

GX is not a vehicle in this day and age. 15 mpg mpg highway is ridiculous, no matter how you are and how much gas you can afford. So why did I feel so driving around in such a gas

Because Lexus hits all the points of real luxury. construction. Quality materials. performance.

I just got the feeling this GX would feel as in 10 years as it feels today, like fine wine. I get that same feeling many SUVs.

If you are shopping for a SUV, there are several choices to consider right Land Rover’s LR3 has a similar air of though some cast at its long-term quality. Infiniti’s

Volvo’s XC90. Mercedes-Benz’s Cadillac’s Escalade. Acura’s MDX and X5 will all carry passengers in the lap of while still retaining the of an SUV.

You really should at Toyota’s 4Runner before you buy a GX, and see if a Limited Edition meets luxury needs — it can you $10,000 or more.

I’m to set my sights on GX. Maybe in ten years, the first owner feels the luxury has worn out, be able to swoop in and give a GX its life, as I did with Moose. then, it’s Moose and me solid and dependable, without a of luxury between us.

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