2017 Lexus GX 460 First Test

On sale since the 2010 model year, the current-generation Lexus GX 460 is old, but you wouldn’t know it from a look at the controversial spindle grille it’s had since a 2014 model year facelift. As one of the few body-on-frame luxury SUVs left, we drove the GX 460 to see if it’s still worthy of consideration. In addition to driving on pavement, we went off the beaten path to see if the GX 460’s bones give it the same off-road chops as its platform mates, the Toyota 4Runner and the global market Land Cruiser Prado.

2017 Lexus GX 460

Powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 with 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque, the 5,211-pound GX 460 to hit 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and finished the quarter mile in 15.8 seconds at 88.6 mph. The standard six-speed automatic transmission, however, tends to shift too early when left to its own devices. Stopping from 60 mph took 133 feet, but associate road test editor Erick Ayapana observed a lot of dive during hard braking and an overly aggressive seat belt pretensioner, both of which we also experienced driving on the streets during emergency and panic stops.

Jump inside the 2017 GX 460’s interior, and comfortable seats with heating and ventilation greet you up front. The second row in our test car featured the optional captain’s chairs that heat, recline, and slide forward and back. The GX 460 does have a two-seat third row, but there’s not much legroom there, especially for anyone over 5’8″. Material quality is typical Lexus with lots of soft touch materials everywhere you look.

Even in its current iteration, the GX 460’s mix of off-road capability, comfort, and refinement is hard to match. Additionally, it comes with Lexus’ reputation for bulletproof reliability. The poor fuel economy ratings, on the other hand, mean you’ll be seeing the gas station often even with the 23-gallon fuel tank, and the surprisingly small cargo area makes it less practical than its exterior size would suggest. A significant update to the GX 460’s interior design and a newer powertrain would help give it more viability in its segment with only a handful of entries that can go off-road without issue.

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