2006 Lexus GX470

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2006 Lexus GX470 Review

A luxurious blend of performance and comfort.

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Overview

The Lexus GX470 is the third sport utility vehicle (SUV) introduced by Lexus. The 2006 Lexus GX470 shares a platform with the Toyota 4Runner. This means the GX470 has a body-on-frame truck design that makes it capable of going off road and towing. Many SUVs do not use truck-on-body designs any longer, limiting them to the road; but the GX470 is built to give the driver the best of both worlds. Although the GX470 is built to be rugged, luxury is not spared.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2006 Lexus GX470 remains relatively unchanged from the previous year. The horsepower rating dropped slightly due to new requirements from the SAE.

Exterior

The 2006 Lexus GX470 is built using the body-on-frame technique, giving it a large stature. The vehicle is a tall at 74.6 inches. This is a burly looking SUV, as the vehicle sits on 17-inch alloy wheels.

2006 Lexus GX470’s standard features include intermittent windshield wipers, privacy glass, a rear defogger, side hinged swinging doors, an intermittent rear wiper, roof rack, moon roof, power glass sunroof, heated and powered mirrors, step running boards, and cargo tie downs.

The size of the vehicle does mean it is a bit of a guzzler at the gas station.

Interior

The interior of the 2006 Lexus GX470 is definitely luxurious. There is plenty of bird's eye maple wood trim installed along the dash and the doors. Leather abounds. One possible argument against the interior is the third row seat. Although the first and second row have plenty of room for adult passengers, the third row seating is only suitable for children. Also, the third row seating does not fold away completely like in other SUVs. The seats do have a 50/50 split, allowing you to open up the cargo area. Cargo capacity with the third row seating folded down is 49.7 cubic feet.

Due to the height of the vehicle, rear visibility can be quite limited. A rearview backup camera solves this problem.

Standard features in the interior include leather seating and trim, wood inlay, heated and adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, a CD player, power windows, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, heated seating, and a 124-watt 11-speaker audio system.

The optional Sport package adds a computer controlled suspension system, maple wood, and graphite metal trim. A 240-watt Mark Levinson audio system and a DVD-based navigation system are optional as well.

Performance & Handling

A 4.7-liter, V-8 engine that produces 263 horsepower and 323 lb-ft of torque powers the 2006 Lexus GX470. The engine is wed to a five-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the all-wheel drive. All that low-end torque is capable of towing quite a bit, up to 6500 pounds when properly equipped. Torque is automatically transferred to a different wheel if one wheel begins to slip. A two-speed transfer case and a hill descent system allow drivers to take the 2006 Lexus GX470 off road and have some real fun.

The acceleration feels pretty good on the 2006 Lexus GX470, especially for a luxury SUV. The adaptable suspension keeps the GX470 from feeling too rocky on bumpy roads and gives a great feel when off-road. An available Sport package provides exterior trim, new wheels, and a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that performs to smooth out the ride and increase handling efficiency.

Safety

2006 Lexus GX470 standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with BrakeAssist and Electronic BrakeForce Distribution, traction control, stability control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Airbags include front and rear head, and dual front side-mounted. Other safety features include rear door child safety locks, child seat anchors, emergency brake assist, daytime running lamps, and three-point seat belts.

The 2006 Lexus GX470 received top marks for front impact from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for front offset crash tests. However, the 2006 Lexus GX470 received a poor grade for rear crash protection and head restraint protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

GX470: 14/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Incredible V-8 power
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Drivetrain works seamlessly
  • Off-road optional capabilities
  • Cheaper price

You Won't Like

  • Tight third-row seating
  • Side-hinged cargo door makes loading in difficult

Sum Up

A luxurious blend of performance and comfort.

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