2010 Lexus GX 460 — Flash Drive
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2010 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The Lexus GX 460 will provide its occupants a great ride, a luxurious driving experience and great visibility. However, this Lexus seemed overweight and underpowered, and was too elevated with its high center of gravity. It was also thirsty at the pump; I achieved 16 mpg in mixed driving. And when you equip the Lexus with high-end upgrades such as the Mark Levinson premium stereo, dynamic cruise control and a pre-collision system, the price can jump close to $70,000. At that price, I might be inclined to look at its competitors from Porsche or Audi. –Joe Chulick
The Lexus GX 460 has been redesigned for 2010. While it is still a luxury vehicle, it is based on the Toyota 4Runner, so it is also one of the most capable off-road vehicles in the segment. Standard full-time 4-wheel drive includes an electronically controlled 2-speed transfer case, a Torsen torque-sensing center differential and numerous electronic aids for serious off-road use. However, I doubt that GX buyers will venture off the pavement in such a posh machine, so these features aren't as impressive as they might be in the 4Runner. The all-new 301-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 engine delivers decent acceleration for a vehicle of this heft. On the road, the steering is light and vague. The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System offers Comfort, Normal and Sport settings. Still, this truck-based platform doesn't match the more carlike ride of other car-based SUVs. –Mike Meredith
Lexus knows luxury SUVs, and the updated GX is a perfect example. The exterior features classic SUV styling, but the interior is luxurious, with a nice mix of leather and wood. The controls are nicely laid out and easy to access. The seats are comfortable, with plenty of legroom for passengers in the second row. The GX's ride is smooth and quiet — like having a tall, roomy luxury sedan. But unlike a sedan, the GX 460 is fully equipped for hitting the toughest of trails, with adjustable height control, hill descent control and a low-range 4WD. Power is good, but the brakes were touchy and hard to modulate smoothly. There's plenty of cargo space, and the third row can be put up or down with the touch of a button. The large rear cargo door makes access difficult when space is tight, but the opening rear window does help with access. –Perry Stern