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Lexus GX460

2010 Lexus GX 460

The Old Guard in New Garb

by Ms. Cocoa Efficient

In this time of downsizing, belt-tightening and the ever relentless pursuit of greener transportation, the Lexus GX 460 seems a bit of a relic; the last of the old guard, fuel-thirsty SUVs that so many want to see fade into Olds-blivion. But reality is a cruel mistress, and for all the advantages of a hybrid RX or small BMW X3 the truth is neither can seat seven passengers, tow a horse trailer or forcibly banish left-lane-bandits simply by appearing in their rear view mirrors. No, there are just sometimes in life when you need a big, V8-powered SUV, and the new Lexus GX 460 makes an admirable choice.

My first walk around the new GX left me, well, to be honest a bit under whelmed. Looking head on, the design upfront is pure Lexus, clean and modern. But come around to the side and her cuffs and collar don#8217;t match. The enormous distance between the tires and the wheel arches is too pronounced, and the side profile, specifically the rear quarter window, is terribly reminiscent of a hyper exaggerated Mitsubishi Montero Sport.

There#8217;s another controversial element around back, where a swing-out rear door occupies the spot usually reserved for a flip-up gate. It#8217;s a bit of love/hate thing, the design being a royal pain in the butt when the vehicle is not on level ground, but also a blessing for the too tall (no more hitting one#8217;s head on the flip-up gate) or the not too tall (not having to jump to reach the pull straps).

Lexus has added a locking mechanism to hold the door in place, but its looks and feels like a flimsy vacuum cleaner attachment, and its position outside the door#8217;s protective rubber gasket allows dirt and mud to coat the very place a dainty little lady like myself must grip to operate the lock. Silly.

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Salvation from the exterior can be found inside, where the GX 460 lavishes its occupants with all manner of technical wizardry, supple leather and really comfy seats. Despite a multitude of switch gear, the GX#8217;s many controls are surprisingly user friendly and intuitive, and the tall, upright seating gives a commanding view of the road ahead.

Load up all the options and you get a GX complete with voice-activated hard-drive navigation, a superb 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High Beam and a rear seat mini-movie theater complete with two LCD view screens. One of the most useful options is the new Wide-view Front and Side Monitor, which enhances visibility in tight spaces and banishes previously pesky blind spots.

If there is a weak spot in the GX#8217;s innards it can be found in the third-row seat. Not only is it horribly lacking in useable leg room, in order to create a level surface when folded, Lexus had to raise the floor about four inches above the rear bumper, adding a rather noticeable rise to the rear deck. From outside the GX, the additional few inches requires an added dose of lifting and grunting to get a day#8217;s worth of Neiman-Marcus bags securely stowed.

Those who know me well know I like my V8 engines like I like my men: strong, smooth and nearly always silent. The new GX 460 meets this requirement and then some.

Those with a discerning eye (I, by the way, have two) will have no doubt noticed a slight numerical reduction in the GX#8217;s name badge. Last year#8217;s GX 470 is this years GX 460, thanks to a new 4.6-liter V8 engine that, although slightly smaller in displacement, produces 38 more bucking broncos and a 13-percent improvement in fuel economy. For those who actually venture off-road, Lexus has armed the GX with a full-time four-wheel-drive system, available Crawl Control and Downhill Assist.

Those last two items are to ensure the novice in you doesn#8217;t get in over his head and go careening down Mt. Everest like a Scottish expedition gone horribly wrong. When not bounding through the Band Lands, the GX 460#8242;s adjustable Kinetic Dynamic Suspension smooths out road imperfection and adeptly handles the vehicle#8217;s massive bulk as if were little more than a low-slung sedan.

Overall, the new GX 460 serves a purpose and serves it well. If the high cost of fuel isn#8217;t a detractor, and the styling doesn#8217;t strike you as it does me, then this Lexus could very well be in your garage by week#8217;s end. The GX 460 starts around $52,000 and with all the bells and whistles tops out just over $71,000.

The GX 460 is on sale now.

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