New for 2014The 2014 Lexus GX 460 gets updated styling, adding the automaker's bolder spindle grille. Also, the infotainment system gets an eight-inch touchscreen display, and blind spot monitoring is now available.
Vehicle OverviewThe Lexus GX 460 is a three-row SUV that combines luxury and off-road ability, fitting below the LX and above the RX in the automaker’s lineup.
SummaryThe 2014 Lexus GX 460 continues to be available with a 301-hp 4.6-liter V-8 that makes 329 lb-ft of torque, a six-speed automatic, and four-wheel drive. EPA-estimated mileage is 15/20 mpg city/highway. The GX seats up-to seven people, and offers a number of standout features, including rear cross-traffic alert, intuitive parking assist, an adaptive variable suspension, dynamic cruise control, an HDMI input for the rear entertainment system (new for 2014), and several cameras to enhance visibility in certain driving situations.
The 2014 Lexus GX 460 has not been evaluated by the NHSTA or the IIHS.
What We ThinkWhen redesigning the GX 460 for 2010, Lexus' challenge was packaging a three-row SUV while still trying to retain some off-road capabilities. The result: less than perfect. We faulted the cramped second and third rows when we reviewed the 2010 GX 460, and the hinged rear cargo door. In an Editor’s Notebook review of a 2010 Lexus GX 460 we wondered why, if Lexus wanted to retain the off-road prowess, the automaker wouldn't bring all of the off-roading features available on other models that share the platform. One editor didn’t mince words, saying, “I also struggle to believe that anyone buying a $60,000 Lexus is willing to put a fender into a rock trying to take this behemoth off-road. The hardware is overkill, the styling is ostentatious, and the whole concept is unnecessary. It's our job to evaluate vehicles in their context. In the context of a slow economy, increasing environmental awareness, and subdued glitz, the GX460 is a clumsy product.”
In a Driven review of a 2010 model, we noted that “the chassis package works remarkably well off road. Huge disruptions are taken in stride and the suspension never crashes noisily into the bump stops . . . unfortunately, the GX doesn't shine on-road. The no-feel steering and mushy brake pedal kill cancel any chance of this ride appealing to driving enthusiasts. The vehicle's nose dips during even modest brake applications and there's noticeable squat during acceleration. The turn circle is unwieldy and major bumps excite the rear axle's tendency to hump the rear of the vehicle into the air.”
- Off-road handling
- V-8 power
- Less expensive than three-row LX 570
You Won’t Like
- Cramped for second and third row
- On-road handling
- Competitors sacrifice off-road ability, but are thousands less
- Land Rover LR4
- Audi Q7
- Infiniti QX60
- Acura MDX
- BMW X5
- Mercedes Benz M-Class