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Lexus GX460

AutoMatters: Lexus GX 460

Lexus GX 460

By R. Wagner

Lexus is well for luxury but also leads in capability. Full-time four-wheel-drive is on the Lexus GX 460, which an electronically controlled transfer and a TORSEN ® torque-sensing limited differential. The front to rear ratio is adjusted as needed, on wheel slip.

That – 301 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, is by a 4.6-liter V8, delivered through a electronically controlled transmission.

The Kinetic Dynamic System the front and rear stabilizer to help reduce maximum angle by as much as 50%, both on-road handling and off-highway capability. Trailer control has been added for

Comprehensive instrumentation

For moderate driving you can leave it in high just like you’d use on the If the GX 460 experiences extreme articulation a wheel up in the air, the advanced control system intervenes, the brakes to any individual wheels are spinning and applying torque to the that have the most

In especially low traction situations, on level ground, keep foot on the brake, shift the lever into neutral and low range. Doing so will a lower reduction gear in the transfer case and lock out the differential. The vehicle will much more slowly and be more responsive to applications and of the throttle, for improved ascent and speed control.

For even more control of the transmission, shift from into Sequential mode. will allow you to select gears. In first gear it crawl very slowly.


Ideally when you are or descending a steep hill, it is to control your speed gearing, not the brakes. Excessive use of the on a long, steep hill may them.

When lower is not enough, low speed crawl is available for low speed ascent and integrating what were separate systems into one system, for ease of use. by a simple press of a button, it the vehicle to slowly crawl up or a hill, with the transmission in or manually shifted. It also in reverse.You can preset any one of five speeds, ranging from a of about 5-mph down to

Once you engage that the GX 460 will control each wheel’s speed by applying the and the brakes, as needed. Just your feet off of the pedals and The noises you’ll hear be the solenoids activating the master ABS ten to 20 times per second, to apply pressure to each individual cylinder separately.

This controls the wheels have the most traction.

If you to speed up or slow down, the throttle or the brakes. That temporarily over-ride the low speed control system. As soon as you your foot, the system take over again.

Lexus GX460

low speed crawl

This is especially helpful for less off-road drivers when had to stop on a hill for something and need to resume moving. To the effectiveness of low speed crawl try stepping out of the vehicle on a steep, gravel-covered hill and see how difficult it is to without slipping.

The GX 460 has a mid-length wheelbase and a short radius, to handle tight A warning beep, part of the assist system, may occasionally you that an object is close to bumper.

A graphic display in the of the instrument panel, directly the steering wheel, helpfully you which way your front are pointed. To see what you are about to over or through, or if you are about to a blind, steep hill and to know if the road turns, are two front-facing cameras: one with a angle lens mounted low in the and another on the outer, passenger-side to show what is near the far of the vehicle.

Low speed crawl confirmation

For Lexus has lowered the starting of the GX 460 to $49,085. That is $4,710 than for 2013. Available include navigation, mahogany trim, three-zone climate heated rear seats, air suspension, intuitive park and blind spot monitor rear cross traffic

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Copyright © 2013 by Jan Wagner – Auto Matters

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