Lexus GX460 Origins
The GX460’s name derives from a 4.6-liter V-8 engine producing 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. The full-time four-wheel drive crossover is offered in base and Premium trim levels, both of which come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.
All-terrain performance comes courtesy of mechanics shared with the Toyota 4Runner, Land Cruiser, and FJ Cruiser. An optional adaptive suspension with three drive modes and active stabilizer bars help improve handling when switching from off-road conditions to pavement. A Crawl Control feature unique to the GX460 regulates throttle and braking to maintain a controlled speed during tough ascents and descents.
Notable standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, high-grade leather seats, and dual-zone climate control. The Premium trim adds conveniences like a heated second row and rear air conditioning, as well as an adaptive variable suspension with rear adjustable height control. The adaptive suspension is also available as an option on the base model. A wide range of options can be added individually to either trim. About the Lexus GX460
The Lexus GX460 is recognized as a family-friendly luxury crossover capable of providing a smooth ride both on and off the pavement.
A power folding third-row seat, which was optional in the previous GX470, comes standard in the GX460. Optional rear seat air-conditioning and a dual-screen DVD player provide comfort and entertainment for back seat passengers. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat can increase cargo space.
Both trim levels feature stabilizer bars that reduce body roll on turns, but can be disengaged for off-road use. An adaptive variable suspension that comes standard on the Premium model adds rear adjustable height control to change suspension stiffness or add additional ground clearance. When properly equipped, the GX460 can tow up to 6,500 pounds.
An EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 15/20 mpg city/highway represents a moderate improvement over the GX470.Lexus GX460 Features
The 2012 Lexus GX460 is available in two four-wheel drive trims. Both the base and Premium models come equipped with a 4.6-liter 301-horsepower V-8 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard exterior equipment on the base model includes 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an intermittent rear wiper, mirrors with integrated turn signals, a roof rack, a power sunroof with remote operation, step running boards, fog lights, and a rear side-hinged door.
Standard interior features include leather upholstery, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, wood and alloy trim, eight-way adjustable front seats, a heated driver seat, dual-zone climate controls, memory settings for up to two drivers, satellite radio accessibility, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, Lexus’s signature Safety Connect telematics system, and a nine-speaker audio system with in-dash six-disc CD changer.
Like the GX470, the GX460 is fitted with a multitude of safety features, including front seat side airbags, head airbags in each row, roll-sensing side curtain airbags, whiplash protection, child seat anchors, tire pressure monitoring, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, and downhill and hill-start assist. A pre-collision system and Lexus Link communications system are optional.
Upgrading to the Premium trim adds an adaptive variable suspension with rear adjustable height control, distinctive chrome trim, high gloss wheels, xenon headlights, upgraded leather, a heated wood steering wheel, auto-dimming side mirrors, rear air conditioning, and heated second row seating. Premium models also come with an optional driver attention sensor and lane-departure warning system.
Three options packages are available. A Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package adds a voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic and weather and a 17-speaker premium Mark Levinson audio system with in-dash CD player and DVD playing capability. The Convenience Package includes passenger door mirrors, electric foldable mirrors, and intuitive parking assist, while the Comfort Plus Package provides semi-aniline trimmed interior, a wood and leather steering wheel and shift knob, and three-zone automatic climate control.
Individual options include a remote engine starter, intuitive parking assist, a glass breakage sensor, HID headlamps, exhaust tips, wheel locks, a paint protection film, a navigation system, a dual-screen DVD entertainment system, a tonneau cover for the cargo area, three-zone automatic climate control, and a leather and wood trimmed steering wheel.
The GX470 measures 189.2 inches in length and 74.2 inches in both height and width. Inside, the vehicle offers approximately 92 cubic feet of storage space, a considerable improvement over the 65 cubic feet offered in 2010. Lexus GX460 Evolution
The first generation of the Lexus GX470 featured a midsize truck-based SUV body and interior luxuries very similar to the previous GX460. However, notable improvements were made in performance and fuel economy. A 4.6-liter engine, though slightly smaller than the previous 4.7-liter, provided 40 more horsepower. New features included adaptive cruise control, a three-mode adaptable suspension, adaptable stabilizer bars, and a speed-maintaining crawl control mode. Space-saving folding seats provided a more spacious interior.