2010 GX 460 New Car Test Drive
The Lexus GX 460 is all-new for 2010. Designed to be an all-purpose luxury SUV, the 2010 GX 460 can handle everything an active family can throw at it, including weekday chores and weekend adventures. Compared to the previous-generation GX 470, the new 2010 GX 460 is more powerful, gets better mileage, and has upgraded safety and packaging features.
The GX 460 shares the same basic platform as the Toyota 4Runner, and like the 4Runner, is built to be strong enough to hold up to regular use on unpaved roadways. The 2010 Lexus GX comes standard with a new 4.6-liter V8, six-speed automatic transmission, seven-passenger seating, plus a host of luxury features the 4Runner does not offer.
The GX comes loaded with wood and leather interior trim, heated/ventilated seating, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power moonroof, multimedia entertainment and other amenities. Like other luxury SUVs, there is a carefully crafted interior lighting scheme, programmable preferences for a variety of features, and the use of powered equipment that goes well beyond windows, seats and mirrors.
With body-on-frame construction and low range gearing, the GX 460 is far more rugged and powerful than the Lexus RX crossover. Unlike the RX, the GX offers excellent off-road capability. Recreational capabilities are quite good. The new GX can tow up to 6500 pounds with optional hitch, and it is equipped with specialized enhancements to make off-road driving safe and easy.
The GX comes standard with a full-time four-wheel-drive system with locking center differential and low-range gearing. It's a system that requires little or no input from the driver; ideal for secure travel during heavy rains and on icy roads, or on dirt/gravel surfaces.
The GX 460 competes with the Land Rover LR4, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GL 450, and Audi Q7. Like the European offerings, the GX requires 91-octane Premium unleaded fuel. In the end, the GX 460 is a heavily built, V8-powered, luxury SUV with many features once reserved for the top-of-the-line Lexus SUV, the LX 570. Buyers who don't need the off-road capability or seven-passenger seating might be happier with the RX350, with its better ride and easier handling. And those who really want the most from a rugged, trail-oriented mid-size SUV should shop the V6-powered Toyota 4Runner, especially if towing heavier loads is not a requirement. That said, the GX has a distinctly Lexus flavor, combining the very latest luxury features with remarkable quality and capabilities.
The 2010 Lexus GX 460 ($51,970) comes with leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, wood and leather trim, 10-way power heated front seats with memory, split 60/40 reclining second-row seats, split 50/50 folding third-row bench seat, AM/FM/6CD audio with nine speakers, rearview camera, power moonroof, power windows, power locks, cruise control, 12-volt power outlet, remote keyless entry, anti-theft alarm, intermittent rear wiper, 18-inch aluminum wheels.
The GX 460 Premium model ($56,765) upgrades with tri-zone air conditioning, automatic HID projector-beam headlights, auto-tone control audio, cargo tonneau, Adaptive Front Lighting System, auto tilt-down mirrors, heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and the Adaptive Variable Suspension.
Options include the Navigation System ($1,990) or the Mark Levinson Navigation audio package ($3,930). The Wide View Monitor system ($3,170) includes the pre-collision system, Driver Attention Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and crawl control; parts of the package can be purchased separately.
Safety features that come standard on all models include advanced frontal airbags, side curtain airbags, three-point seatbelts in all positions, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, tire pressure monitor system.