The 2008 Lexus GX470 offers just about everything drivers could want in an SUV. It has excellent interior features that put them at ease and let passengers enjoy the ride. It also has safety features that can keep them safe no matter where you go. One of the most attractive aspects of the 2008 Lexus GX470, however, is its ability to leave the road behind in search of adventure. All in all, it's not the best option for daily commutes. Road trips and off-road adventures, however, bring out the best in this SUV. The 2008 Lexus GX470 also benefits from its reputation as a reliable vehicle.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: Five-speed automatic transmission
2008 didn't bring any major changes to the Lexus GX470 just a few minor aesthetic revisions. Also, the optional voice navigation system now features voice activation, an input jack, and a high-resolution display.
The 2008 Lexus GX470 doesn't come close to flashy, but it maintains a classy feel that prevents it from looking as rugged as other vehicles designed for off-road adventures. This puts it in a class of its own. Consumers can feel happy driving it down the highway, but they also won't feel ridiculous bouncing along on dirt paths. When they wash off the dirt, they'll find a sophisticated machine that doesn't mind getting rough every now and then.
Drivers have come to expect the best from Lexus interiors. The 2008 Lexus GX470 will not let them down. It has a rich leather interior with wood trim. Look closely at every detail, and the panels match each other perfectly. Every area has been scrutinized by Lexus's designers to create an impressive interior.
As an SUV, the GX470 offers plenty of room for passengers. The third row of seating, however, feels pretty cramped. It offers 78 cubic feet of cargo space, which is average amongst SUVs of this size. It also comes loaded with standard features: heated power-adjustable front seats, a moonroof, dual-zone climate control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and an awesome 11-speaker audio system.
Choose to add the optional navigation system, and a 14-speaker Mark Levinson audio system will make the drive even more fun. Plus, drivers get an entertainment system for the backseats.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Lexus GX470 comes with a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that offers 263 horsepower and 323 lb-ft of torque. That might not sound like a ton of power for an SUV, but when properly equipped, it could tow up to 6500 pounds. That's better than most other vehicles in its class.
The 2008 GX470 offers good handling, but it might feel a little dated if drivers are used to driving other car-based crossovers. Still, it's smooth, reasonably quiet, and responds well to steering. The 2008 Lexus GX470 benefits from an adaptive variable suspension that lets drivers choose Sport or Comfort modes. This allows the suspension to suit their preferences depending on road conditions. They also get Rear Adjustable Height Control that gives them better clearance when they go off-road. That way, they don't have to worry that a rock or branch is going to ruin their adventure.
The 2008 Lexus GX470 offers plenty of safety features, including anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, seat-mounted side airbags, and roll-sensing side airbags for the first and second rows. The four-wheel-drive system gets a little help from Downhill Assist Control and Hill-start Assist Control, making it safer than ever to have an off-road adventure. If consumers add the navigation system, they also get a rear back-up camera and Lexus Link.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lexus GX470: 14/18 mpg city/highway
- Capable of off-road travel
- High-quality cabin with good features
You Won't Like
- Third row seats feels cramped
- Side-swinging cargo door feels awkward
An excellent vehicle for anyone thirsting for off-road adventures and long road trips.
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