Lexus GX470 Review | The Truth About Cars

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Lexus GX470

Review

By Farago on February 18, 2005

The GX470 is a poster child for SUV huge exterior, cramped hippo handling and mileage so low they make an M1 tank frugal. For those who care such things, the fact the GX470 qualifies as an Ultra-Low Vehicle doesn#39;t alter its profile. For those who couldn#39;t less, the GX470 offers at one good reason to … off PC neighbors (providing that#39;s not reason in and of itself): off road

The GX470 is a fantastically capable It sports all the structural strength and control doo-dads you need to the road less traveled. Assist Control stops the SUV sliding backwards on steep Downhill Assist Control engine and wheel braking to nose-diving in the opposite direction.

And if that#39;s not enough to help you go where TV ads have gone the GX470 also has full-time a limited slip diff, air suspension and enough ground to mount a MINI. I couldn#39;t a single hill, rut or rock could ruffle the 470#39;s feathers.

Obviously, no one other an itinerant Arab or an investment actually NEEDS a leather-lined mountain goat. The vast of 470 owners are destined to encounter more challenging than the snow swept drive. the line between off-road and off-road chic is a muddy and the GX470 straddles it with

The GX470 also makes a for itself as a luxury car on stilts#8211; not one that leads to acquittal. the Japanese SUV offers the usual of luxury car gizmology#8211; voice sat nav, Bluetooth, rear DVD, etc.#8211; you have to your Amex for the good and there#39;s no gee-whiz … app makes you glad to be living the lifestyle. An Acura MDX provides a decadent techno-feast.

Luckily, the SUV scores major brownie in the cabin materials department. As a I hate wooden steering they#39;re cold in winter and in summer. The GX470#39;s maple and helm is the exception that the rule. The rest of the 470#39;s is equally sumptuous#8211; in a Hollywood surgeon#39;s waiting room way.

From a tactility POV, no mistaking the GX470 for a down SUV.

It#39;s a different if you#39;re on the outside looking in. its re-bodied Lexus cousins, the 470 is a Toyota. The ineffective subterfuge identifies the GX owner as an irredeemable snob. (NB: It#39;s OK to be a snob as long as you don#39;t like one.) What#39;s 4Runner owners#8211; who own the same minus the fripperies#8211; will remind generation GX that rights and dealership coddling at a price.

A fully loaded 4Runner a full $10k less a base GX. To add insult to financial the 4Runner#39;s butch bumper it the more macho, and thus of the two SUV#39;s.

The 470#39;s deficiencies are than skin deep. you, there#39;s nothing with its engine or engineering. The 4.7-liter V8 is a magnificent powerplant, when you want it, hard-charging you need it.

The 470 is also perfectly together, ridiculously quiet at speeds and absurdly easy to and brake. No, the problem that the GX470 from being a Lexus is its ride quality, or thereof.

The GX470 has a body-on-frame chassis and rear axle. This robust set-up is ideal for SUV determined to tackle the rough In terms of upmarket #39;soft it#39;s positively barbaric.

And no Even with its adaptive suspension in full comfort the GX470 makes you feel lump, bump and jump. A with wooden wheels be worse, but only just.

The jostling serves as a constant that you#39;re piloting of considerable bulk, for no appreciable

Yes, there is that. The weighs 4871lbs. That#39;s far too heft to be hauling around for cramped accommodations. Three would find the #39;mid-sized#39; middle seats far too intimate for journeys, while the Geneva prohibits anyone over the age of 16 inhabiting the 470#39;s rear

If space is the ultimate luxury, the GX470 is the ante-penultimate luxury

I suspect that the Lexus is a lame duck, due to be ditched for a crossover. Very few consumers lament the GX470#39;s passing. The that do will say Lexus has soft (of all things) and motor the wilderness in their Range or Cayenne.

The ones that will be far better served by the smaller, lighter, more and space efficient replacement.

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