Driven: 2013 Lexus GX 460 takes road less paved – Phoenix Auto Review |

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Lexus GX460

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The 2013 GX460 still a body-on-frame SUV laughs at rutted paths the cactus and the occasional wash. It so however, while treating its and driver like royalty. It with a top drawer leather complete with genuine trims, Mark Levinson a very well done touch screen system, and sound deadening to wash out washboard road you are gliding

Our first impression climbing the wheel and driving off from our keeper was how at first heavy and it was compared to so many of the crossover we drive. This was the genuine with a bit of a lumber and sway, a distant growl from its 4.6 301 horsepower V8 as we hit the freeway toward the Mountains for a tip into the wilds.

Acceleration has that building you get in a 747 jet-airliner throttling up for take-off. is being seamlessly put down its six-speed automatic transmission as the GX cruising speed. It doesn’t you back in your seat after you were well and realize you are feathering the speed a bit devilishly.

In our drive we spent time on the back roads of our National Forest, crossing and pushing it through sand we wondered if we’d be stuck in. The GX has a transfer case with high and low, and a Torsen center differential.

Our tester was a premium model was equipped with the adjustable air The latter allowed for console height control which can in handy when picking up and your royalty on the other of the mountain trail. The suspension, or not was an amazing feat of pillowy with zero shudder and over washboard roads retaining truck-like toughness pressed.

On the highway, the ride is and the cabin vault like Steering effort is on the heavy which is good, and braking is high – also a good in a vehicle this size. It you keep your focus on the job at

Side to side roll when turning or changing is adequate with body mostly in check.

The adjustable had three settings from to “Sport”, which were differentiated and justified the switch controlled it. We recommend setting it on and leaving it here. We found setting it on comfort induced a sea-sickness float which everyone in the vehicle almost It was an odd phenomenon we tried on a number of but flicking the switch to comfort always got us a, “What did you do?”

The design says truck you climb behind the wheel. The dash and high sight combined with the thick console and tall gear put you in your place. While it is civilized in the way we expect Lexus to be, there is still just a of off-roader flair here – we liked.

It’s sadly missing so many SUV’s these

The seats were heated and the cruise control had a well radar-based adjustments. At night we the self turning HID headlamps, work very well. Our seat passengers also heated seats, and the power row chairs were a nice

The swing out lift gate out was the only head scratcher we across with the overall experience, as it is heavy and blocks at the mall parking lot.

When you get back from the to the mountain lake and back, on top of the mountain you just drove to the top of some of these details get The bottom line is that the GX-460 and its distant relative 4Runner are the very last of a of true-blue off-road SUV’s. Jeep gets close their Wrangler and Grand neither have the combination of and ruggedness.

Yes its expensive. Our tester its Premium trim grade and came in at just under When you consider the next up LX 570 which is based on the famed Cruiser will cost $90,000 similarly equipped, the GX 460 looking like a bargain.

With 5,300 lbs to move, the 4.6 DOHC V8 as expected isn’t to return you 30 mpg. The GX is rated at 15 mpg 20 mpg highway, and 17 mpg combined. On the freeway we watched it easily get us 23-24 mpg on if we weren’t pushing it.

In our week of with a good balance of and highway, off-road and shopping we achieved 17.6 mpg.

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