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2004 Lexus GX470

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2004 Lexus GX470 Review

A comfortable and luxurious off-road SUV at a higher price than many competitors.

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Overview

The Lexus GX serves as a midsize luxury SUV that saw production from 2002 to the present. All models have a four-door SUV body style with a front-engine, four-wheel drive layout. The GX470 debuted in 2002 for the 2003 model year. The 470 marks the first generation equipped with a 4.7-liter V-8 and a five-speed automatic transmission.

The Lexus GX470 sells reasonably well, topping 30,000 units in 2004.

The Lexus GX470 SUV offers excellent off-road performance for a luxury SUV, a comfortable and quiet ride, and excellent engine response on the road. It only comes in one trim level for the 2004 model year.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Lexus GX470

What's New

While the exterior style remains basically the same for the 2004 Lexus GX470 a couple safety features join the lineup, including roll-sensing side curtain airbags and a tire-pressure monitoring system. For a more comfortable ride Lexus adds an optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System. An optional navigation system also enhances the 2004 GX470.

Exterior

All of the Lexus GX models have the same basic style, with aggressive angles and a recognizable front end, grille, and trapezoid headlights. The 2004 Lexus GX470 has integrated fender flares and illuminated running boards. The windshield has a green tint to protect against ultraviolet rays. Some of the exterior features include a power sunroof and an optional roof rack, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a height control system which can be lowered for easier exit and entry and raised when the GX ventures offroad.

Interior

The 2004 Lexus GX470 usually seats five, but it can seat eight with an optional third-row bench seat. Leather upholstery and trim, automatic climate control, a premium audio system with a six-disc CD changer, and an overhead console that uses a HomeLink transmitter all come standard. Optional features include a DVD entertainment system with a high-definition screen, rear air-conditioning, DVD-based navigation, and an upgraded sound system.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Lexus GX470 employs a 4.7-liter V-8 that delivers 235 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates and performs excellently on the open road but the five-speed automatic transmission occasionally feels sluggish. It has a respectable towing capacity of 5000 to 6500 pounds. All models have full-time four-wheel drive with a 50/50 power split between the front and rear wheels, and a low-range mode can be activated when traveling steep inclines offroad.

While the GX470 offers a comfortable ride when traveling on the road, its off-road capability sets it apart from the competition.

Safety

Standard features on the 2004 Lexus GX470 include side-impact and side curtain airbags, Active TRAC traction control, and anti-lock brakes. Select models get Vehicle Skid Control which automatically adjusts throttle or individual wheel braking to help maintain control while cornering. When traveling down steep off-road declines the Downhill Assist Control system activates.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus GX470: 15/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable seats
  • Quiet ride
  • Off-road performance
  • Responsive engine
  • Adaptive height control system

You Won't Like

  • Price
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Automatic transmission feels sluggish at times

Sum Up

A comfortable and luxurious off-road SUV at a higher price than many competitors.

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