By far the oldest vehicle in Lexus' lineup, the GX460 is a three-row SUV built like few others today. Introduced back in 2010, it rides on body-on-frame construction and a solid rear axle. A V-8 engine is standard. Distinctly not a crossover, the GX460 has off-road capability and luxurious appointments that make it a unique offering among premium seven-seaters. This year, the GX460 becomes more modern with the addition of a new infotainment system. The 2022 GX460 Black Line special edition offers distinctive styling details and gorgeous green paint.
Don't mistake the GX460 for a crossover. This is a true SUV, built the old-fashioned way: body-on-frame construction, a live rear axle, proper four-wheel drive, and a V-8 engine. With that approach come benefits and drawbacks.
On the upside, the GX460 is one of the most off-road-ready luxury SUVs on sale today. A two-speed transfer case, low-speed cruise control, height-adjustable air suspension, multi-terrain traction settings, and underbody skidplates are among its trail-ready accoutrement.
On the downside, functionality as an everyday three-row vehicle isn't great. Cargo and passenger space are compromised; the third row is minuscule. Fuel economy pales against crossovers with more modern powertrains. The GX460 rides comfortably, but its trucklike roots pervade through the driving experience. All that aside, the new infotainment system added this year should resolve one of our biggest gripes.
In 2022, there's a multitude of urbane luxury three-row crossovers to choose from, including from within Lexus' lineup. The GX460 isn't among them—and that's the point. It remains a niche vehicle for drivers who desire rugged capability and luxurious trimmings, factors like practicality or fuel economy be damned.
The GX is offered with one powertrain: a 4.6-liter V-8 producing 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission and true 4WD. We tested its 0-60-mph acceleration at 6.9 seconds. Rated at 15/19 mpg city/highway by the EPA in 2021, fuel economy is not a strong suit for the GX. Towing capacity is impressive, maxing out at 6,500 pounds.
Head to your local trail park and you're likely to see a GX lined up with lifted 4Runners and tricked-out Wranglers. As of late, off-road enthusiasts have gone gaga for the GX, realizing the potential its hardware provides, and recognizing the niceties that come with the Lexus badge. Lexus realizes it, too, and showcased the SUV's potential with the GXOR concept. Equipped with a lift kit, lockers, a snorkel, front winch, and massive light bar among many other modifications, the GXOR proves that the GX isn't bound to being a roadgoing people hauler—it's ready for overlanding adventures.
Several driver assist and active safety features come standard on the GX. These include lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beams, and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Adaptive cruise control is also standard, but it's an older version that only works at speeds above 30 mph. Lane keep assist is not available.
The GX's construction is a limiting factor in its passenger and cargo capacity. The interior is tight considering how big it is outside. Modern three-row crossovers like the Volvo XC90 provide more space, particularly for cargo and third-row passengers.
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For 2022, the GX receives a much needed infotainment upgrade. It's now equipped with a 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, and built-in navigation. A smaller display in the gauge cluster provides key information to the driver. There are two USB ports in the first and second rows. A nine-speaker audio system is standard, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium setup is available. High-end trims include a 360-degree camera system, which is optional on lower trims.
There's no question that most of the GX460's competitors offer more features, technology, and niceties. If you're nevertheless interested in a GX, it's probably because it provides capability its competitors don't. As such, we think it's best to keep it simple and stick with a base trim GX. That comes nicely equipped, with leatherette seating surfaces, wood trim, the new larger infotainment display, and plenty of off-road hardware. It misses out on features the Premium and Luxury trims offer, such as heated and ventilated front seats or auto-leveling air suspension. But at about $55,000, it saves cash you're probably already keen to spend on upgrades and modifications.
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