2018 GX 460 New Car Test Drive
The Lexus GX 460 might look like a luxury SUV, but behind its big spindle grille and under its fancy wrap it's built for heavy duty. Sharing its basic structure with the Toyota 4Runner, the Lexus GX is built body on frame. Clues to its mission can be found in the tailgate that opens horizontally and the many offroad controls in the cabin, sprinkled into the leather and wood.
Highly capable off road, every model is all-wheel drive. It's powered by a smooth 4.6-liter V8 mated to a sweet six-speed automatic. The steering is dull and the ride smothered, but after all it's a tank, not a crossover. It's a relatively durable vehicle, able to withstand a fair amount of pounding over rugged terrain.
And being a tank, it's safe and thirsty. At least we assume it's safe, because it's big and well-built. It hasn't been crash-tested by the NHTSA or IIHS, but all models have 10 airbags, active head restraints, and a rearview camera. As for the thirst, the EPA rates it at 16 Combined miles per gallon, on Premium gasoline.
For its price, the base GX 460, should have more standard equipment, that is, some of the features that are optional. Other Lexus models do. Leather seats and navigation, to name two things. A safety package adds forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, attention assist, lane-departure warnings, and automatic high beams. Blind-spot monitors are also sold as an option, as are surround-view cameras.
The 2018 Lexus GX 460 ($51,855) comes with four-wheel drive, moonroof, 18-inch wheels, rearview camera, power front seats, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Options include heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, blind-spot monitors, and smartphone-app connectivity.
GX 460 Premium ($57,855) adds navigation, heated and ventilated seats, and mahogany trim. GX 460 Luxury ($63,230) includes an adaptive suspension, upgraded leather, rear air suspension, heated steering wheel. Options include 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio and dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.).