2014 Lexus GX 460 Reviews and Ratings

Utility 4D 4WD V8

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2014 Lexus GX 460
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Overall Score

50/70

Pros

Solid off-road prowess, and the quality, reliability, and resale value of a Lexus.

Cons

Tight second and third row seating, and so-so driving dynamics.

What's new for 2014

To create room for a new trim level (the GX 460 Luxury), for 2014, the base GX 460 has received a slight price reduction. Also new are updated front and rear-end styling (it's "spindle" grille is now consistent with the other vehicles in the current Lexus lineup), and the upholstery and infotainment system have both been improved. LED headlights are now standard, as is trailer assist control, and LED fog lights, blind spot monitoring, and rear-cross traffic alert are now available options.

Exterior Impressions

For this model year, the GX 460's front and rear ends received some styling updates, including the inclusion of the Lexus "spindle" grille, which is prevalent in the rest of their current lineup. The remainder of the exterior design suggests rugged SUV, with a tall, boxy profile, chunky lines, oversize mirrors, running boards, and flared fenders that wrap around nicely-sized off-road tires. The GX 460's exterior styling mostly works, but the grill is somewhat difficult to warm up to, and the side-swinging rear door would be better if it was hinged at the top, and had glass that could be rolled down (like with the Toyota 4Runner on which the GX 460 is based). In terms of the exterior fit and finish, both are excellent.

Exterior Features

The GX 460 has a 4.6 liter V8 engine, and its 301 horsepower and 329 lb.-ft. of torque are routed through a full-time 4WD drivetrain, by way of a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a Torsen limited-slip center differential. The center differential has both low and high range driving modes, as well as an electronic differential lock. Downhill Assist Control and Hill Start Assist Control both come standard on the GX 460. This is a body-on-frame SUV, with independent front suspension, a solid rear axle at the rear, and disc brakes at all four corners; both the front and rear suspensions have coil springs, gas-pressurized shocks, and stabilizer bars. Other standard exterior features include LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and illuminated running boards and roof rails. Optional on our test vehicle are power retracting and auto-dimming side mirrors (with integrated turn indicators), as well as the Premium Package, which on the exterior adds rain-sensing windshield wipers, a windshield de-icer, Intuitive Parking Assist, LED fog lights, and 18" split spoke alloy wheels (fitted with 265/60 R18 mud & snow tires). The towing capacity of the GX 460 is 6,500 pounds.

Exterior Summary
Fit&Finish
5/5
Styling
3/5
AttentionToDetail
4/5
Interior Impressions

Excellent fit and finish are present in the interior as well, and Lexus is fairly accurate in their billing of the GX 460 as a luxury SUV; however, like its Toyota 4Runner cousin, the interior of the GX 460 is less roomy than its exterior dimensions suggest. The front seating area is very comfortable and offers adequate legroom, but the second and third rows are somewhat tight in this regard (especially the third row, whose jump seats are best suited for children, and short trips); it should also be noted that with the third row seats in the up position, available rear cargo space is extremely limited. The infotainment system is fairly intuitive to use, and the cabin's switchgear has a nice feel to it, but the placement of some items could be better (shouldn't the center differential lock button be placed near the other 4WD controls?). Overall though, the GX 460's cabin ergonomics are pretty good.

Interior Features

Inside, the GX 460 offers three rows of seating, and room for seven. The front seats are 10-way power adjustable and have a memory function, the second row of seating slides, reclines, and has a 60/40 split, and the third row has a 50/50 split. There are power windows and door locks, a tilting and telescoping steering column, a power moonroof, keyless entry, push-button start, and a rearview mirror with auto dimming and HomeLink controls. The infotainment system has an 8" touch screen (this also serves the rearview backup camera), and it offers HD Radio with traffic and weather updates, AM, FM, and SiriusXM tuners, and MP3 playback. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, a USB port, and an auxiliary input jack. Our test vehicle's Premium Package adds GPS navigation with voice recognition and Lexus Enform access to the infotainment system (a one-year trial subscription is included for the latter), as well as three-zone automatic climate control, leather-trimmed seating surfaces, heating and ventilation to the front seats, heating to the second row outboard seats, and mahogany wood trim throughout.

Interior Summary
Ergonomics
4/5
Technology Effectiveness
4/5
Audio/Entertainment
4/5
Materials
4/5
Comfort and Romminess
3/5
Driving Impressions

With 300 horsepower on tap, the V8 engine looks fairly good on paper, it revs smoothly, and it has a nice sound to it, but the GX 460 is a rather heavy body-on-frame SUV. As a result, acceleration is only decent, and so is its fuel economy. The handling is what you would expect from a big SUV: somewhat lazy turn in, with tires that howl in protest when driving in only a slightly-spirited fashion. The ride is on the firm side (also expected), but most of the hard edges are nicely refined out. Steering feel is pretty vague (a quicker steering ratio would be an improvement), but the brake pedal feel is good, and stopping distances seem relatively respectable. Overall, the 2014 Lexus GX 460 is a purposeful SUV for someone who needs legit off-road ability and/or regularly drives in inclement weather, but at the same time appreciates the luxury of a Lexus. For someone looking for more comfort (interior and ride), fuel economy, and practicality, a car-based crossover is probably a better choice.

MPG Experienced

17.3 MPG (city/highway mix)

Driving Impressions Summary
NVH
3/5
Steering
2/5
Braking
4/5
Power/Acceleration
3/5
Handling
3/5
Overall Score
4/5

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