I don't care how well behaved the Lexus GX460 is. This is a completely irrelevant truck for the luxury brand. Remember two years ago when the Detroit Three were derided as dinosaurs for building monstrous SUVs when everyone wanted small cars and crossovers? So what's Lexus doing drumming up a new generation of GX when sales fell 62 percent last year?
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. It's the kind of mistake that landed Detroit automakers in bankruptcy. Instead, The RX needs to be made larger or smaller to make room for a second crossover to round out the Lexus lineup. Continuing to build the GX460 and LX570 may be the cheap and easy route, but one that won't pay off in the long run.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor