The 2019 Lexus GX 460 is an old-school SUV with luxury draped all over it. Body-on-frame SUVs are the exception these days, as unibody crossovers lead the way forward. There are plenty of great reasons for this, but the GX marches on as a unabashedly truck-like SUV. Nothing about the price screams truck, though. At $70,840 as-tested, anybody who buys a new GX 460 is going to be left with a sizable hole in their wallet. However, it’s not without a bevy of luxury features. Being the high-zoot “Luxury” trim level, ours comes standard with an adaptive suspension, semi-aniline leather interior, a power-folding third row, mahogany wood accents and three-zone climate control. That said, Lexus still managed to tack on a decent number of options. A $2,340 Driver Support package added the Mark Levinson audio system and a suite of driver assistance systems. Our tester also had a $1,970 rear seat entertainment system and a $1,950 Sport Design Package. The package includes 18-inch gunmetal wheels, heated second-row captain’s chairs and a sizable list of exterior changes like front and rear bumper spoilers and scarlet taillights. The powertrain is also stuck in a older time period. Whereas most large crossovers now use downsized turbocharged engines, this Lexus sticks with a 4.6-liter V8 good for ... wait for it ... 301 horsepower. The V6-powered ES 350 makes 302. Worse, the GX gets poor fuel economy and doesn’t exactly rocket up to speed with much excitement, either. At least it's proven from a reliability standpoint. Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: We try to talk about a specific element of the vehicles we test in Drivers' Notes, but indulge me today. I’m going to talk about the Lexus GX 460’s ethos. By that I mean it’s an old-school SUV that looks and feels the part. Wrapped in Lexus’ sharp, spindly styling, it’s classy yet also kind of hulking. The steering is light and the vague brakes have little bite at first and then a lot as the pedal travel increases, making for challenging inputs for the driver. Still, I like it. The GX 460 captures the ethos of an old-school SUV perfectly. Early morning @nalgene check in the @Lexus GX 460. @therealautoblog pic.twitter.com/JNs2veQkQd — John Snyder (@jbeltzsnyder) September 26, 2019 Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Snyder: For a three-row SUV, the GX feels pretty small inside. The second row is decent, but I know Greg had to do a little moving of seats in order to fit a rear-facing child seat back there. It's a tight fit between the second-row chairs to get to row three, and the way-back is even relatively cramped. But, the rear seats have an electric folding and unfolding feature that's pretty slick. As the seat back rises, the seat cushion simultaneously deploys forward. Putting them down, it does the same thing in reverse, automatically tucking the cushion underneath and behind the backrest in this cool Transformers-esque maneuver. My four-year-old thought it was pretty nifty and, frankly, so did I. (I tried …
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|MPG||15 City / 18 Hwy|
|Transmission||6-spd auto w/OD|
|Power||301 @ 5500 rpm|
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