2017 Lexus GX460 Luxury SUV
Seemingly a friendlier SUV to drive than its big brother, the LX 570, the 2017 GX 460 V8 and 301 horsepower competes with models such as the Land Rover LR4, Mercedes-Benz GLE Class, Lincoln MKX, BMW X6 and Jaguar F-Pace.
New for 2017 on the GX 460 seems sure-footed on slightly snowy roads, visibility is very good and the ride is comfortable, while high. One can get used to having this overall view of the road; it feels a little safer. As expected, the cabin is very quiet, and for those wanting to tow something, the capacity is 6,500 pounds. Although, we can’t imagine wanting to risk chipping the paint on this luxury boat.
The 2017 GX 460 offers available second-row Captain’s chairs, and a new Sport Design Package, including unique exterior styling cures and gray 18-inch aluminum wheels. The GX 460 is available in two trim levels: Base 4×4, $51,280 and Luxury 4×4, $62,980.
Notable features on the 2017 GX 460 include the Captain’s chairs, the hourglass style grille, seating for six or seven, available blind-spot warning system, and available Collision mitigation system available, as well as standard full-time 4WD with low range.
Standard features on the 2017 GX 460 are many, as expected in any Lexus product. A moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, voice command activation, proximity key access, push-button start, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, are all standard. Optional equipment includes tri-zone climate control, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, smartphone app connectivity, navigation, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic braking, and a wide-view front and side camera system.
Our Luxury GX 460 came equipped with the new Sport Design Package which includes 18-inch split six-spoke alloy wheels with Gunmetal metallic finish, a very handsome offering. Also included in the package are unique lower grille surround, unique front tip garnish, contoured side mirror covers with chrome, rear valance, deep red taillight graphic, and chrome exhaust tips ($1625).
The other option on our test GX was the Driver Support Package with Mark Levinson premium Audio, pre-collision system w/Driver Attention Monitor, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, Wide-view front and side monitor, CRAWL Control, Mark Levinson Premium Audio Surround Sound Audio, $4,340.
The 2017 GX seats of three rows is leatherette upholstery. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and 10-way power front seats are also standard. Optional seating upgrades include leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, second-row captain’s chairs, a wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and a power-folding third row. Our Luxury edition GX had all of the above.
We found the GX’s front seats more comfortable than those in the Lexus GS 570. They provide enough comfort for daily driving. We did not experience them over the long haul. The second-row seats are, however, more rigid and harder than expected from a Lexus product. The optional Captain’s chairs might possibly improve second-row comfort somewhat. Passenger room is not a problem in the front two rows, but the third row is tight.
The outer seats in the second row have complete LATCH setups, while the middle seat has only a top tether anchor. All the tether anchors are easily located and marked. The lower anchors are too deep in the seat, but we found it easy enough to maneuver.
Though possibly somewhat dated, the GX’s standard infotainment system is easy to use and figure out for most. Basic functions are controlled by buttons and knobs that surround the screen and are clearly labeled and easy to reach.
Some of the features we didn’t like about the GX 460 include the body roll at low speeds, lack of real comfort in second-row seating, a small third row, and the small amount of cargo space behind the third row. The question remains how many consumers purchase a SUV like the GX 460 with a third row in mind.
Certainly, it’s perceived as an ‘extra,’ just in case. But how often a third row of seats is used remains a mystery to this writer. This is a luxury vehicle, after all, and anyone with small children opts for that minivan.
As with all Lexus products, the GX 460 is a beautifully executed vehicle. Those purchasing one don’t expect great fuel economy, so that goes without saying. A vehicle weighing 5,100-some pounds isn’t expected to provide more than an average 16 MPG. One must think Hybrid.
MSRP: $62,980; total vehicle price $69,920; destination $975
Engine: 4.6-liter V8, 32-valve, DOHC, VVT-1, 301 hp., 329 lb. ft. torque
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with O/D and auto-manual. Full-time 4WD w/Torsen, Limited Slip Center Differential
Wheelbase: 110 in.
Height: 74.2 in.
Length: 192.1 in.
Width: 74.2 in.
Tires: 285/60R18 mud and snow
Wheels: 18-inch alloy
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.0 gal.
Towing: 6,500 lbs.
Curb Weight: 5,130 lbs
EPA Fuel economy: 15/18 mpg., 16 avg.
Warranty: 48 mths/50,000-miles bumper-to-bumper; 72 mths/70,000-miles powertrain; 48 mths/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance; 12 mths/10,000-miles free scheduled maintenance.