2017 Lexus GX Redesign
The Toyota 4Runner has constantly held an uncommon spot in my heart for its square shaped styling and go romping ability yet as of not long ago I never had the opportunity to drive its more rich cousin the Lexus GX 460. Truly the GX really has more just the same as the remote business sector Land Cruiser Prado yet each of the three SUVs ride on the same bodyoncasing stage.
Initially a response to the extravagance SUV rage from the mid 2000s the GX hasnt transformed all that much since its presentation over 10 years prior. Its a major SUV with a lot of space and packed with pretty much all the extravagance Lexus could fit into a 12yearold vehicle at the same time all the more significantly despite everything it has the cleaves to go places numerous vehicles in its fragment wouldnt set out endeavor. Also only for good measure Lexus attached on its new mark shaft grille in what must be its most professed appearance yet.
I have had an opportunity to drive a large portion of the most recent Lexus items (counting the IS ES and GS) to see exactly how aggressive Toyotas extravagance arm has gotten as of late yet subsequent to going through a week with the 2014 GX 460 its reviving that for the time being Lexus has fought the temptation to tail some of its opponents in supplanting rough bodyoncasing SUVs with gentler auto based hybrids.
Opened in the middle of the famous RX hybrid and the fullsize LX 570 the GX 460 is situated in to some degree an odd portion. Toward one side sit extravagance hybrids like the Infiniti QX60 Mercedes GLClass and Audi Q7 prepared to handle the day by day driving and perhaps some periodic rock streets while on the flip side the GX and Land Rover LR4 are more conventional SUVs with the capacity to go somewhat more profound into the wild.
As a general rule rough terrain journeys in the GX will probably be exceptionally uncommon and all things considered my going dirt road romping time in the GX was constrained to driving on the fine sand shorelines of north Florida which did little to back off the GX with the low range drew in and the middle differential bolted. Indeed even with the huge wheels plastic sashes and incorporated running sheets the GX still has better than average ground freedom and in addition great methodology and takeoff points also a flexible air suspension. This isnt to say the GX can handle the Rubicon Trail or anything however it is without a doubt a more able rough terrain vehicle than most other medium size and fullsize utility vehicles as of now out there. Like the 4Runner theres even a Crawl Control highlight accessible yet it wasnt prepared on this analyzer.
I had officially anticipated that the GX would have the capacity to handle itself in untidy circumstances however where it truly astounded me was onstreet. For as large massive and rough as this SUV seems to be it conveyed a smooth Lexusspec ride. Hindrances and development joints do little to irritate the GXs parity and the sumptuous inside makes the GX feel like a fantastic longseparate hauler… with the exemption being its mileage.
Drive the GX like a Prius and you may hit the EPA efficiency evaluations of 15 miles for every gallon in the city and 20 mpg on the expressway yet get the GX in a rush and youll see the squeeze in your wallet. Amid my week with it I saw a normal of only 15.1 mpg in consolidated driving. Fulltime fourwheel drive doesnt help either which is the reason the GX is gone for purchasers who are inclining more toward the rough terrain capacity as opposed to ordinary reasonableness.
Of course youd not be right to expect stellar mileage from a major rough SUV yet the one territory that truly disillusioned me about the GX 460 was the 460 section. Toyotas 4.6liter V8 delivers only 301 strength and 329 poundfeet of torque and more often than not feels like its attempting to spur the 5340pounds SUV.
As matured as the GXs powertrain feels its lodge doesnt do much to modernize the SUV either. Being a more seasoned stage Lexus has forgotten current innovation like its Remote Touch Control and its configurable gage group however the 2014 improvements do incorporate another eightinch touchscreen presentation and trailerinfluence control as standard hardware. Whats more the switch controls for the suspension and fourwheel drive are a pleasant touch as well. Theres a lot of extravagance to be found inside the GX particularly when calculating in the top Luxury trim level utilized for this Quick Spin which included components like delicate semianiline calfskin warmed and cooled front seats warmed detachable second line seats and the force collapsing split third column seat to give some examples. Talking about the third column I could fit into the rearmost seats however I question Id need to invest an excess of energy back there. There is a lot of space for the front and center line inhabitants however.
Outwardly the simplest approach to differentiate the 2014 GX one from the other from earlier secondgen models is the frontend styling. The vast throat that Lexus calls an axle grille got the greater part of the consideration in discussion however whatever is left of the configuration isnt too not quite the same as the first GX that appeared in 2002. This incorporates the tall position vertical taillights (now LED units) and the sidepivoted rear end. Like the grille the new belt endeavors to imitate the more forceful outline dialect that Lexus has received as of late and it does as such with calculated stopping/haze light bezels toward the base and reshaped headlights that now house LED daytime running lights.
Generally Lexus appears to be content with the GX soldiering on in this nowcorner SUV part however it might have made its moderate size utility vehicle somewhat more tempting for purchasers – the beginning MSRP of the 2014 GX has been brought by $5000 contrasted down with the 2013 model. The GX now begins at $49085 yet the GX 460 Luxury is a precarious bounce up to $60715. This analyzer rang in at $63658 including the 17speaker Mark Levinson sound framework and all in youre taking a gander at near $70000 for a totally completely stacked GX.
Figuring in the estimating mileage and toughness its difficult to envision theres a lot of a business opportunity for such a major gonearly anyplace SUV nowadays yet the GX is as yet trucking alongside moderately minor yet compelling changes for 2014. Tragically as bodyonedge SUVs appear to go in the same bearing as carburetors and popup headlights I expect that a cutting edge GX could get to be something nearer to the threeline QX60 instead of a worldwide 4×4 junkie like the LR4.