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The 2016 Lexus GX 460, slotted below the full-size Lexus LX 570, is built on the same platform as the foreign-market Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. It is related to the Toyota 4Runner, but the GX gets the more powerful V-8 engine in lieu of the 4Runner's V-6. The GX also delivers on the Lexus promise for luxurious interior refinement, modern technologies and elegant exterior styling—none of which are typically found on truck-based SUVs.
While the GX 460 is based on the brawny-looking 4Runner, it's more of a wallflower, overall. Lexus has blended the gentle, organic, and aerodynamic styling of the brand's L-Finesse designs with a "machined steel bar" theme, giving it a more sculpted, solid (but simple and straightforward) look that separates it from the cars and crossovers.
The GX 460 wears a pronounced iteration of the brand's "spindle" grille, which is flanked by large headlamps, some very noticeable chrome, and a pair of very aggressive looking air dams in the bumper. From behind, it's more conservative–and cleaner—with its tall taillights and wide design. In profile, the GX is decidedly truck-like, thanks to its imposing beltline and carved-out fenders.
The GX 460 comes standard with a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which hydraulically links the front and rear stabilizer bars. It serves two roles: Off road, it allows wheel articulation while helping press down on the opposing wheel to maintain contact, while on-road it minimizes body roll.
The GX is very truck-like on the outside and incredibly refined and well-built on the inside.
The look and feel of the interior appointments is top-notch. The controls feel better designed and less cluttered than those in Lexus cars. We also love the steering-wheel controls; the legible gauge layout; and the cleanly laid-out center-stack for audio, climate, and navigation functions.
The seating position is high relative to the window line, at least compared to other new vehicles, so there's great outward visibility. The front seats are nicely padded, with excellent support as well as good head room and leg room. The second row is very roomy, too, and it's not only split, but it slides fore and aft to adjust leg room and aid entry to the third row.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.