2013 Lexus GX 460 Test Drive and Review

25 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2013 Lexus GX 460 Test Drive and Review
Lexus GX460

Driving with the Hobgoblin

A consistency is the hobgoblin of little or so said Ralph Waldo I’m faced with hobgoblin: I have always the Lexus GX, and I have made no about saying so – but now doubting whether or not this stands between me and true The 2013 Lexus GX 460 returns from 2012, which was from 2011, the last I reviewed the vehicle. which was from 2010, the last GX got a cosmetic refresh.

Back I compared the GX (favorably) with my ride, Moose the 1994 4Runner, because 4Runner and GX a platform as members of the Toyota of SUVs. The 2013 Lexus GX 460 carries a base price of ($69,199 as tested), with a basic warranty, a 6-year/70,000-mile warranty and fuel economy of 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway. Let’s

First Glance

With no to its exterior, my photos of the new GX differ my old photos only in color and I still like the rugged of GX’s design, especially the greenhouse with generously windows and great outward GX hasn’t yet adopted the aggressive new corporate grille, but its inverted grille is still looking fresh.

GX is aging gracefully, remaining and powerful.

Another thing hasn’t changed on GX is Lexus’s fit and finish. Everything on the GX is perfectly with uniform, tight and seams. Paint quality is and chrome and trim work is all reproach.

In the Driver’s Seat

Lexus GX 460

Photo #169; Fogelson

Here’s where I to wonder about my changing I still love the ergonomics of the drivers seat and dashboard, but confounded by the feeling that the vehicle is just too big for its intended I feel like I’m up too high, taking up too much on the road, and not getting enough out of the GX to my position.

Have I been spending too time in crossover vehicles? I drove the bookends to the GX in the Lexus the flagship LX and the crossover RX. and both of felt just right in I think it has something to do with the row seat in GX, which is so small and that I couldn’t even myself into it for a test

Flipping the headrests into nearly completely obliterates the rear view. With the row in use, there’s just cubic feet of luggage available. Fold down the row, and access to 46.7 feet opens up.

Flop the second row, and 91.9 feet of cargo room your purchases. Access to the compartment is via a right-side hinged with a pop-up window. I the tailgate was hinged on the other for easier access from the in these here United – but that’s one of those that falls on deaf

On the plus side, GX is loaded luxury features and can be optioned up even more luxury and My test vehicle, a Premium came with a $3,930 the Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio which equips the GX with surround-sound audio that’s at the top of the class. The $2,400 optional screen DVD rear seat system seems like in these days of $399 and Kindle Fires.

A sophisticated pre-collision system and attention monitor with cruise control and lane warning runs $3,170, and probably be a wise investment.

On the (and Off)

GX’s 301 hp, V8 engine feels a bit like an as smaller, more sophisticated are currently putting out more with greater efficiency by technologies like direct and turbocharging. Still, there’s to be said for proven reliability, and what Lexus is counting on this powertrain, which features a six-speed automatic and a TORSEN limited slip, center differential and full-time drive.

Throttle by wire and other electronic controls really to life when GX leaves the Shift the transmission into Low and you can use Crawl Control, which the throttle and brakes to keep the moving at one of five pre-set rates, either forward or freeing you up to concentrate on steering the GX on the lines. There goes all work practicing steady application and left-foot braking, out the

Well, not really. But there are where electronic throttle can work better when difficult obstacles, like sand or gravel pits. steel body mounted on a perimeter frame is about as as you can get when it comes to off-road construction.

Lexus shakes it up a with double wishbone front suspension, but sticks a multi-link rigid axle in the rear, suspended by air springs on the model (coil springs on the model). Premium models get adaptive variable suspension and height control, improving the chops even more.

Lexus GX460

Off-road prowess doesn’t match with on-road but GX delivers a nicely balanced on pavement thanks in part to and rear stabilizer bars. If you to smooth out the on-pavement ride further, and never plan to the pavement for the dirt, you could the standard mud and snow tires come wrapped around 18 alloy wheels for summer — sacrilege, but your will thank you for it. My test arrived shod with Latitude Tour HP tires, an tire that does a job on-road in a wide variety of and a nice compromise for a vehicle will live in a mild

Journey’s End

2013 Lexus GX 460

#169; Jason Fogelson

I off this review in fear of a I feared that I was clinging to my for the GX in part because I didn’t to admit that my opinion has I have released that

I see the GX for what it is, and I don’t feel bad that anymore. The 2013 GX 460 is the last of a … breed, the luxury SUV. In some Lexus brought about eventual demise the moment it the RX, which started a trend in crossover luxury. There’s a place for GX, it’s just a more specialized market And Lexus isn’t really in the marketplace, as the leading luxury in the US.

That doesn’t change about the current GX, which is a solid survivor.

I understand back to the Lexus GX. I could see behind the wheel of a GX for many just as I have enjoyed my with Moose for all these Perhaps instead of fearing hobgoblin, I should just it, and take it for a ride down the

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