The 2013 Lexus GX 460 is a heaping helping of classy with a healthy side of capable, as in it can do off-road if it wants to. The GX 460 is a large crossover SUV, this Lexus is comfortable, with all the luxury features expected of the Lexus brand.
The seven-seater GX 460 comes in two trims; base and premium. On the base there are 18-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, running boards, sunroof, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped power steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable heated/ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, power-folding third-row seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. You also get a back-up camera and lots of audio extras with six-CD changer, Bluetooth audio, and phone and iPod connectivity.
The Premium version adds adaptive variable suspension, auto-dimming side view mirrors, xenon headlights, upgraded leather, heated wood-trimmed steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and rear air-conditioning. Premium goodies are available as options on the base model too. Other options include front and rear parking sensors, wide front and side view cameras, power-folding exterior mirrors, and a navigation system. On the Premium trim, there is also the choice of adaptive cruise control, the Crawl Control off-road system, a lane-departure warning system and a driver-attention monitor.
Under the hood sits a 4.6-liter V8 engine good for 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque. The V8 comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Together the packaged allows the vehicle to tow up to 6,500 pounds. The 2013 Lexus GX 460 that I drove came in at 16 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway, for a combined 17 mpg during my week of testing.
Inside the Lexus GX 460, all the luxury and tech you could hope for abound. The center console is laid out very nicely and is easy to figure out intuitively.
The 60/40-split-folding rear seats and the convenient power-folding third-row seats allow for a great mix of passenger comfort and carrying capacity. Space to haul is 92 cubic feet and thanks to the wide swinging rear cargo door filling the space is quite easy. The flip-up rear window is very helpful too.
On the road and behind the wheel, the GX 460 drives exactly as I hoped, like a truck and not a crossover. The does, however, mean that there is a lot of room for error when you take the corners and curves.