The 2011 Lexus GX460 is one of the top luxury sport utility vehicles (SUVs) on the market. It has a good balance between rugged offroad ability and a quality ride on the pavement.
Body Styles: luxury SUV
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Lexus GX460 Base, Lexus GX460 Premium
The 2011 Lexus GX460 serves as an excellently crafted luxury SUV and remains mostly unchanged since its major redesign in 2010.
The 2011 Lexus GX460 seats seven passengers and comes with many exterior features in two choices of base or Premium trims. The standard features for the GX460 base model include heated side mirrors, running boards, a sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Lexus offers a variety of beautiful exterior colors, along with additional packages for optional purchase.
Additional exterior options for both of the models include rear and front parking sensors, wide front-view cameras, and power-folding mirrors. The Lexus GX460 Premium adds the adaptive variable suspension that has rear adjustable height controls, side view mirrors with auto-dimming ability, and adaptive xenon headlights, along with additional chrome trim.
The GX460 interior looks upscale with an opulence factor that Lexus generally offers in its automobiles. The interior features include driver memory settings, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic dual-zone climate control, and a rear-view mirror with auto-dimming ability. Satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, iPod connectivity, a six-CD changer stereo system with nine speakers, and a back-up camera also come standard.
Premium features of the GX460 include upgraded leather upholstery, second-row heated seats, rear air-conditioning, and a wood-trimmed heated steering wheel. Seating and cargo space proves convenient for taking passengers or hauling materials with the rear seats that split 60/40. Cargo space totals 92 cubic feet with both of the rear rows lowered.
Performance & Handling
Powered by the 4.6-liter V-8 and producing 301 hp with 329 lb-ft of torque, the 2011 Lexus GX460 drives more like a heavy truck than a car-based crossover. The six-speed automatic routes the power to all four wheels, going through the dual-range transfer case. In acceleration, it takes about 7.9 seconds to achieve 60 mph, which seems average to slow for a V-8-equipped SUV.
Lexus engineers have softened the ride while maintaining the suspension firmness that pleases most drivers. In fact, the adaptive suspension has three separate driver-selectable modes to adjust firmness.
The large adaptive stabilizer bars help minimize body roll for cornering and can also be disengaged for offroad maximum-suspension travel. The GX460 tops the scale at over 2.5 tons with the hefty hardware included in the luxury SUV. The 4.6-liter V-8 can handle it while it generates 301 horsepower with 329 lb-ft of torque, which gives the ability to pull 6500-pound loads easily. Whether hauling jet-skis, bikes, boats, or horses in the SUV, the GX460 handles it all very efficiently.
The V-8 engine’s acceleration proves adequate for getting around town, but when performing highway passing maneuvers, it seems a bit winded. With 5300 pounds to haul around, the Lexus GX460 holds up well for both types of driving and the transmission feels very smooth when shifting.
Standard safety features on the 2011 Lexus GX460 include traction control, stability control, hill descent control, side airbags on the front and rear seats, anti-lock brakes, and knee airbags for the front passenger and driver.
Models also offer roll-sensing side curtain airbags that cover all three rows for the utmost in safety. The adaptive cruise control remains optional and comes with a popular collision mitigation system, while lane departure alerts and distracted driver alerts mark optional features, as well.
In brake testing, the Lexus GX460 reaches a complete stop in 127 feet from a speed of 60 mph, which is proper for its class.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lexus GX460: 15/20 mpg city/highway
- Capable offroad performer
- Plenty of luxury features
- Top-notch interior
You Won't Like
- Second-row seats a little uncomfortable
- Inconvenient side-swinging cargo door
One of the top choices for offroad performance as well as daily driving.
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