With the RX crossover getting all the attention, the Lexus GX is often forgotten in Lexus’ SUV lineup. For 2014, Lexus is attempting to revive the GX by grafting on the corporate spindle grille that now adorns every Lexus other than the CT200h hybrid.
The 2014 Lexus GX460 also receives a price cut of $4710 to $49,995 despite gaining new standard features. On the outside, the GX460’s new aggressive front end features LED headlamps and DRLs, and new clear taillight finish. The biggest interior addition is a new eight-inch touchscreen that controls infotainment and the optional navigation system, and a new espresso wood and black trim package is available as well.
A Premium Package, which Lexus says will have the same $54,705 price as the base 2013 GX460, includes navigation, park assist, three-zone climate control, and heated rear seats, and a $61,625 GX460 Luxury model adds an adaptable air suspension, blind spot monitor and cross traffic alert technologies, and different graphite-finish wheels.
Under the skin, the seven-seat GX460 continues on mostly unchanged from its introduction in 2010, as it is still based on the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado platform. The 2014 Lexus GX460 offers only one powertrain option: a 301 hp, 4.6-liter V-8 paired with a six-speed automatic and standard full-time four-wheel-drive.
With its surprising off-road chops and low-range four-wheel-drive, the Lexus GX460’s closest competitor is the 2013 Land Rover LR4, which starts at the exact same price of $49,995. Other competitors include the 2013 Audi Q7, 2014 Infiniti QX60, and 2014 Acura MDX, all of which are priced lower than the 2014 GX460 but are crossovers that offer much less go-anywhere capability.
The 2014 Lexus GX460 goes on sale in September.