2016 Lexus GX460 is crossover with independent suspensions,lighter and more like carlike driving characteristics and had more buyers in 2015 over Land Rover LR4, Volvo XC90, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX80. However Lexus got defeated against BMW X5, Acura MDX and Mercedes-Benz M-class GLE. GX460 having live rear axle, four wheel drive, standard third row, luxury facilities, powered with 4.6 liter V-8 using port fuel injection is able to produce 301 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 329 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm pairing with six speed automatic transmission is able to clock 7 seconds to reach from zero to 60 mph. New features since inception are infotainment, safety features, spindle shaped grille and more. EPA remains 15/20 mpg city/highway rating. Hyperactive ABS intervention took 189 feet to stop from 70 mph.
Engine hooks with well behaved six speed automatic transmission providing confidence drive with four wheel drive system has electronically locking Torsen center differential.
Issue with steering as it locks communication skills, brake pedal seems soft though not any fading experienced during our test. High body sits on rocky ladder frame makes vehicle going front from curves with good brake and paddle combination, absorbing harsh impact making ride more comfortable. Three modes as Normal, Sport and Comfort available to adjust adaptive dampers, throttle and steering response to make ride a better quality.
GX460 provides decent outward visibility, requires energy to get into cabin, interior with rich wood and soft leather, cheap looking silver painted hard plastic, analog and digital infotainment and climate controls on console and center stack. Fan speed adjustments only possible with menu on touchscreen, HVAC functions can be controlled using buttons and knobs available on dash. Front seat more comfortable to second and third row. Little cargo bay available when back seat is used. GX tailgate glass can be opened separately.
Includes ventilated and heated front seats, heated outboard second row seats, 8 inch touchscreen with navigation, mahogany wood trim, power tilting and telescoping steering wheel, SiriusXM HD radio, Siri Eyes Free mode, power moonroof, backup camera, rain sensing wipers, three zone automatic climate control. Luxury Editions comes with power folding third row, soft leather seating, heated wood trimmed steering wheel, auto leveling rear air springs, blind spot and rear cross traffic alert, adaptive dampers, 17 speaker Mark Levinson system, dual screen rear entertainment system.
We doubt if GX460 can increase sell above BMW X5, Acura MDX even this time.