The 2018 Lexus GX 460 is one impressive truck-based SUV. The model is, however, a rebadged 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and it is also sold in some markets as the Toyota 4Runner. Lexus has retained the model’s look relatively unchanged for a number of years now which has somewhat diminished its appeal considering there are newer and more stylish rivals most of which are even more affordable. The GX 460 is loved for its impressive rugged construction and impressive off-roading capabilities. The 2018 Lexus GX SUV is offered in three trim levels i.e. the base trim, mid Premium trim and the top-ranging Luxury trim.
2018 Lexus GX 460 Exterior and interior
As said above, Lexus has failed to upgrade the model’s exterior design despite all its competitors getting more stylish, modern body styles. You cannot mistake the model with the 4Runner or the Prado due to its huge spindle grille (a standard feature for anything carrying the Lexus badge). The off-road brute comes in a tall shape with square shoulders that from the first glance intimate of its capabilities off the carpeted roads. The SUV has some impressive entry and exit angles. Its doors are big and allow easy entry and exit which is further enhanced by its big running boards. Lexus still retains the rather odd tailgate that is hinged to the right and opens to the side making loading and off-loading, particularly from curbside somewhat awkward. However, some may like it as they are not forced to bend forward when loading and off-loading as is the case with swing-down tailgates.
The base trim features as standard 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, the running boards I mentioned above, roof rails, a flip-up rear window on the tailgate, a rearview camera, sunroof, keyless entry and ignition as well as the automaker’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that enhances traction in off-road terrains.
In the cabin, the base model features simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, powered front seats with memory settings on the driver’s seat and a power-adjusted steering column. The model accommodates 7 passengers across three rows; the second-row seats have 40/20/40 split folding functionality while the third-row seats have 50/50 split-folding functionality. For infotainment, the base model features the Enform emergency services, an 8.0-inch touch-screen unit, Bluetooth connectivity and USB ports. For audiophiles, there is a 9-speaker audio system with satellite radio, HD radio and a CD player.
Buyers can add heating and ventilation on front seats, windshield de-icer, a navigation system, automatic wipers, blind-spot monitoring and LED fog lights at an extra cost.
The Premium trim adds optional features of the base model as standard but blind-spot monitoring is optional. The Premium trim also adds leather upholstery, heating on the second-row seats, parking sensors and three-zone climate control. Second-row captain’s seats are optional. The top-of-the-range Luxury trim includes all Premium trim features as standard including blind-spot monitoring and captain’s chairs and adds auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, adaptive as well as auto-leveling suspension, headlight washers, a rear cargo cover and a heated steering wheel with a wooden trim. Buyers can opt for a rear-seat entertainment system with two screens, a Driver Support package that features forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, crawl control, automatic high beams, a system that monitors the driver’s inattention and extra cameras for the front and side views. Buyers can also go for the 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system.
Engine and performance
The 2018 Lexus GX 460 derives its juice from a solitary mill, a 4.6 L, V-8 that produces 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque. The mill uses a 6-speed automatic gearbox that combines with a full-time 4-wheel-drive system to enhance the model’s off-road capabilities. The system also integrates a 2-speed transfer case center differential that is also lockable. This, however, means the GX 460 is not the model to go for if you are wary of fuel consumption as the SUV is one thirsty monster; it is EPA rated at 15 mpg in the city, 18 mpg on highway drives and 16 mpg on combined drives. Although there are more economical SUVs in the market, the sacrifice is, however, worth it if you are planning to venture into off-road terrains regularly as rival models cannot match the GX 460 on rugged terrains.
Price and release date
The base Lexus GX 460 has an MSRP of $51,855 while the range-topping Luxury trim starts at $63,230. Adding extra options sees the GX 460 Luxury’s price climb to over $70,000. The SUV is already available at Toyota and Lexus dealerships.