2017 Lexus GX460, Four-Wheel-Drive Luxury

Published: Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 5:58 PM

2017lexusGX460475What comes to mind when I say four-wheel-drive? A Subaru or Jeep perhaps? How about a Lexus? No? That’s exactly what you’ll get if you step-up to the 2017 Lexus GX460. Oh yeah and you’ll get something else, luxury.

With three row seating and a kick-ass V8 engine, the Lexus GX460 delivers on power, roominess, and comfort. We in Southern California don’t often need a four wheel drive vehicle, but you never know, one day you might have to ford a river (read sewer back-up) or tackle some rugged terrain (the unpaved parking lot at the local ski slope).

The seven-passenger, luxury SUV, GX460 comes in two trim levels: Base and Luxury. This review will focus on the Luxury trim.

Packed full of features the Luxury trim has LED foglights, automatic wipers, a windshield de-icer, front and rear parking sensors, upgraded interior trim, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated (outboard) second-row seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system and Lexus’ Enform smartphone app system. Equipment also includes a Navigation system, an adaptive suspension with rear auto-leveling air springs, headlight washers, auto-dimming side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a heated steering wheel, mahogany wood trim on the steering wheel and shift knob, upgraded leather upholstery, a cargo cover and power-folding third-row seats.

2017lexusgx460intThere are a few options available on the Luxury trim, all of which were included on my test model. A 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, a rear-seat video entertainment system and the Driver Support package, which includes the off-road-oriented Crawl Control feature, automatic high-beam headlight control, adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning system, additional front and side parking cameras, and the Mark Levinson audio system are all available.

Powering the GX460 is a 4.6 liter V8 that produces 301 horses and 329 pound-feet of torque. A full-time four-wheel-drive system and six-speed automatic trany are standard. The GX460 can tow up to 6,500 pounds, not bad for a luxury vehicle. Mileage estimates are 15/city, 18/highway, and 16/combined mpg.

Inside everywhere you look you’ll find high quality materials. Authentic wood trim and soft leather abound. Comfort is the key word for front seat passengers, whereas second-row passengers will suffer a little with the firmer seating. Third-row seating is really suitable for small children only. Folding down the third and second-row seats nets 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space and the tailgate rear glass window lifts up for longer stuff.

The GX460 is a big car, but it doesn’t feel that way when you drive it. The acceleration is good and handling secure. The ride may feel a bit bumpy due to it’s size but the optional suspension helps with that.

If you need a large SUV that is four-wheel-drive without skimping on luxury, the 2017 Lexus GX460 Luxury may be the vehicle for you.