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2013 Lexus GX460

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2013 Lexus GX460 Review

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The 2013 Lexus GX460 sport utility vehicle (SUV) offers the power of a truck with the style of a fine luxury sedan. Interested buyers are sure to notice the model’s impressive look and design, as well as the less than comfortable seating for the second and third rows. The GX460 does provide plenty of cargo space, which is a huge draw for some. No one can fault the powertrain of this model either. While it won’t offer impressive fuel economy, it does ensure the massive vehicle has the get up and go it requires to meet a busy family’s needs. Overall, this model has the potential to take care of its owners from work commutes to school functions to off-road fun.

New For 2013

There are no changes to report for the 2013 Lexus GX460.

Exterior

The 2013 Lexus GX460 is a luxury SUV that offers the distinctive good looks expected from the Lexus family. The front end and grille give it an assertive look, with its wide slatted grille, complete with Lexus logo, and uniquely shaped headlights. The matching front bumper helps to add a nice conformity to the overall appearance. These SUVs are equipped with handy roof luggage racks and sit relatively high from the ground. Running boards accent the sides and doors of the GX460, while the back end features an awkward to use side opening cargo door. Both trim levels ride around on large, 18-inch wheels. The GX460 tends to get noticed thanks to its refined body design.

Interior & Cargo

The cabin of the 2013 Lexus GX460 is designed to haul up to seven passengers and while the front seats are comfortable, it’s rather odd that the second and third row seating leaves much to be desired in terms of comfort. They are flat and lack support, unusual in a vehicle intended for family use. The dash is chocked full of gadgets and gauges, but thankfully has been well designed to not be too overpowering. The GX460 may not offer quite as much in the way of luxury as one might expect from Lexus, but then again, it is an SUV.

Some people may be less than impressed with the cargo area as well. In part, the awkward side opening door may have something to do with it. When both the second and third row seating is laid flat, the GX460 does provide an amazing 92 cubic feet of cargo space. That might be enough to compensate for the uncomfortable seating and unappealing cargo door.

Safety

Since the 2013 GX460 is an SUV and intended for families, Lexus provides a host of safety features, making it more than a safe choice for any driver. All models are equipped with anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and hill descent and ascent control. In terms of airbags, there are plenty on the list. Front side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and roll sensing side curtain airbags are located in all three rows. This model is also equipped with optional safety features that include distracted driver alerts, adaptive cruise control, and a lane departure alert system.

Driving Experience

It makes sense to assume a vehicle this large must have some power backing it up. The 2013 GX460 is powered by a 4.6 liter, V-8 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain is capable of 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque. It would be a mistake to think fuel economy is going to be efficient. The best to be expected from this SUV is 15/20 mpg city/highway.

Behind the wheel, the Lexus GX460 drives more like a truck than some of the other car-based SUV options. Don’t take that to mean that it offers a rough, uncomfortable ride. Quite the contrary; this SUV provides driver and passengers with a pleasant, smooth ride on the highway or back roads. There is a lot of body roll to take into account and the stability control feature activates frequently.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Lexus GX460

  • Audi Q7
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Mercedes-Benz GL Class
  • Volkswagen Touareg

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