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2020 Lexus GX 460 review: What's old is cool again

por Ken Humphries (02/07/2020)


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Big grille aside, you have to admit the GX 460 looks pretty butch.


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The GX 460 is the oldest product in Lexus' lineup, but it found its way back into the spotlight. With overlanding gaining popularity in recent years, the GX is enjoying newfound stardom thanks to its easy-to-modify architecture, legit four-wheel-drive chops and high-quality interior. There are lifted examples all over Car Twitter. Lexus' ancient SUV is once again cool.



























6.8


2020 Lexus GX 460












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$54,665




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$50,467










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LikeOutstanding off-road performancePlush, quiet, high-quality cabinPlenty of room for passengers and cargoLots of standard safety tech

Don't LikeReally old multimedia interfaceV8 is underpoweredFuel economy isn't great



It seems like Lexus is finally leaning into the GX's old-school nature, too. Last year, the company created the GXOR Concept as a nod to owners who, according to Lexus, "discovered and embraced the SUV's perfect combination of ultimate luxury and unrivaled off-road capability." And tour phượng hoàng cổ trấn for 2020, there's a new Off-Road Package which adds specific drive modes for different types of terrain, panoramic-view and under-the-car cameras, a transmission cooler, fuel tank protector and Crawl Control, which is like cruise control for super-slow off-road stuff. It's a $1,570 option that's only available on the top-tier Luxury trim, but if you're planning to venture off the beaten path in your GX -- and you really, really should -- it's a must-have.

Aside from that, the most obvious update for 2020 is, uh, that face. Lexus' oversized spindle grille is almost blown out of proportion on the GX. It's pretty bad, you guys. Thankfully, the rest of the SUV is pretty handsome, with its upright design and high-mounted taillights. My tester wears the $2,020 Sport Design Package, which adds dark-finish 19-inch wheels and some other gray body work, as well as second-row captain's chairs, which don't exactly convey "sporty," but whatever, they're nice.



































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Gettin' dirty.


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Actually, the whole dang interior is nice, with soft leather surfaces and excellent fit and finish -- the kind of stuff you expect in a Lexus. The red-and-black color scheme is a bit much for my tastes, and it doesn't exactly scream "please throw all of your muddy camping gear in here," but it adds some visual flair to the otherwise straightforward cabin design. It brings the GX's cabin closer to modern times, too, especially with a redesigned three-spoke steering wheel, aluminum trim and a new backlit gauge cluster.

Headroom is ample for front and rear passengers alike, and there's even a third row of seats, though they're best left unused. The GX offers a maximum of 64.7 cubic feet of space, though it's worth noting you access the way-back through a side-hinged tailgate, so take special note before backing into a garage or squeezing into a tight parallel parking space. Old SUVs, tour viên gia giới am I right?






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