The GX 460 is offered in three trim levels: GX 460, GX 460 Premium and GX 460 Luxury. There's a single powertrain on offer in the GX 460, and it can easily provide for those wanting energetic power and torque whether it be for off-roading or towing. The 4.6L V8 engine makes 301 horsepower and comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. A full-time 4-wheel-drive system is standard on the GX 460; the system includes a Torsen limited-slip center differential and an electronic locker to help with mud, sand, or snow, but an automatic mode for most driving sends about 60 percent to the rear wheels and can vary the distribution to help if some wheels have more traction.
The adaptive variable suspension system that comes with premium models includes Normal, Sport and Comfort modes, while the adjustable height control helps keep the vehicle level when towing. For those who plan to venture off-road, the standard Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System uses hydraulic pressure to help keep the body stiffer and more level on the road yet allow more wheel movement during off-roading.
The GX 460 comes with a full roster of ten airbags, along with stability control and Brake Assist, and both Crawl Control and Downhill Assist Control can help maintain poise and traction when off-roading, freeing-up the driver to focus on steering. There are also several advanced safety-tech features available here, including Lane Departure Alert, which sounds a buzzer if the driver wanders out of a marked lane and both adaptive lighting and an intelligent high beam lighting system.
Inside, the GX 460's interior is spacious but with a truck-like feel. The sitting position is rather upright, with a good view outward. Front seats are very comfortable and supportive, while the second row is adult-sized and slides fore and aft several inches. There's a small third row, with a motorized system to raise the seat. The GX's rear hatch opens to the side, rather than upward.
The interior of the GX is lavishly appointed with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a power moonroof, memory driver's seat settings, a dual-zone climate control and a garage-door opener. A 9-speaker sound system is also standard on the GX that includes integrated Bluetooth hands-free and music-streaming connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio and an iPod interface via USB. A display screen with trip computer and rear back-up camera display are standard.
The GX 460 Premium includes perforated leather seats, LED fog lamps, Bluetooth, navigation, a backup camera, heated and ventilated front seats, three-zone climate control, heated second-row seating and rain-sensing wipers. Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert is available, as is a Parking Assist system.
The Limited trim comes standard with front and rear parking sensors, a blind-spot sensor, navigation, leather seating and ventilated front seats. A Driver Support package is optional, and includes a Driver Attention Monitor, dynamic radar cruise control and Lane Departure Alert. The audio system can be upgraded to an audiophile Mark Levinson audio system with 17 speakers and 7.1-channel surround sound. For the back seats, a dual-screen DVD entertainment system can be added.
The tried-and-true Lexus GX gets a few updates for 2022, but at its core, it's the same luxury SUV it's always been. It uses old-school body-on-frame architecture, but has that famous Lexus reliability and some serious off-road chops. However, against a crop of more modern, more capable SUVs, is that enough?
Available in base, Premium and Luxury trims, the 2022 GX has a larger touchscreen infotainment display that finally supportsand , in addition to embedded navigation. My tester has the $3,835 Black Line Special Edition package that includes 18-inch gloss black wheels, black roof rails, black window trim, dark red-tinted taillights and some slightly nicer cabin materials. The Black Line package is offered alongside the GX's Starfire Pearl, Black Onyx or eye-catching Nori Green Pearl paint colors.
That said, the GX isn't pretty. It's 16 feet long with a huge grille and slab-sided design. It looks like a Lexus, for sure, but I'm not really sure if that's a good thing these days.
The Good ~ Great off-road potential ~ Quiet cabin ~ Proven reliability
The Bad ~ Poor ground clearance ~ No stop-and-go adaptive cruise control ~ Thirsty V8 engine
The Bottom Line The 2022 Lexus GX 460 can get you out there and back, but be prepared to put in some work and compromise on the pavement.
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