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2003 Lexus GX470 Review
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The Lexus company already had two best-selling SUV models in its lineup. So with a bit of head scratching Lexus unveiled the Lexus GX470 to dealerships in December 1992.
The 2003 Lexus GX470 classifies as a midsize luxury SUV that puts the LX470 through its paces. Automotive journalists across the board hail the GX470 as one of the best SUVs on the market, even beating out the former king, its cousin, the LX470. If you want an attractive SUV that drives well on and off the road, the Lexus GX470 makes a good choice for you.
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Lexus GX470
The 2003 Lexus GX470 starts as a new midsize luxury SUV from the Japanese carmaker.
The Lexus GX470 has an aggressive, monochromatic exterior with several similarities to other Lexus vehicles. The front windshield uses privacy glass with a green tint. This also provides ultra-violet ray protection. The 2003 Lexus GX470 remains a bit smaller than its SUV cousin, the LX470. Lexus offers an optional power sunroof and body-colored roof rack for the GX470.
The Lexus GX470 measures 188.1-inches overall and rides on a 109.8-inch wheelbase. It uses an automatic leveling air suspension installed at the rear of the vehicle to keep the ride smooth. Standard features include remote power door locks, power mirrors, and one-touch power windows.
The interior of the 2003 Lexus GX470 includes room for five occupants in the standard versions of the vehicle. An optional third-row bench can be fitted to the GX470 that increases seating capacity to eight passengers. Lexus offers plenty of standard luxury items in the unit and several high-tech optional features. A factory-installed DVD system option provides video entertainment in the back. The DVD system has a high-resolution TFT screen, the same you would find in a laptop. A Mark Levinson audio system pairs nicely with the DVD entertainment system. You can also shell out for the DVD navigation system, but all the controls seem a bit difficult to figure out.
Standard features on the Lexus GX470 include a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, bucket front seats, a split-folding rear seat back, reclining rear seats, a cargo net, a front console with storage, a first aid kit, retained accessory power, front seatback storage, speed-proportional power seating, a universal remote control, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, an interior air filter, three-zone climate control, and memory settings.
Performance & Handling
The GX470 comes equipped with a 4.7-liter, dual overhead cam, V-8 engine that produces 235 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. This engine pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission. Due to the smooth shifting and efficiency of the engine, it meets the Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) requirements set by the EPA. The 2003 Lexus GX470 tug 6500 pounds when equipped with the towing package.
The Lexus GX470 has full-time four-wheel drive that gets fully utilized when offroad or tugging heavy items. A center differential splits torque and power 50/50 between the front and rear wheels. Best of all, the automatic transmission comes equipped with a Low range that can be turned on when the vehicle meets a steep incline.
Driving the Lexus GX470 provides a comfortable and thrilling experience. Not only does this SUV feel comfortable on the road, it also has off-road prowess. Lexus throws in a slew of dynamic handling technology features that help improve the ride, including anti-lock brakes, Active TRAC traction control, Vehicle Skid Control electronic stability, Brake Assist, and electronic brake force distribution. All of these features keep the Lexus GX470 confident in almost all situations. Also, Downhill Assist Control activates when going down steep grades.
The 2003 Lexus GX470 comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front and rear head airbags, dual front side airbags, child seat anchors, a remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency braking assist, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, rear-door child safety locks, daytime running lights, fog lights, two front and three rear headrests, front seat belt pretensioners, stability and traction controls, electronic brake force distribution, and height adjustment for the headrests.
The NHTSA and the IIHS have not tested the 2003 Lexus GX470.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Lots of luxury features
- Off-road performance
- Lexus quality and reliability
You Won't Like
- V-8 lacks some horsepower
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