Civilized yet rugged, the 2017 Lexus GX 460 is a pleasant companion on city streets, but it also has the chops to handle itself on rocky mountain trails. The GX offers the comfort you expect from a Lexus, along with a satisfying selection of feature content.
The 2017 Lexus GX is a midsize luxury SUV with seating for up to seven passengers. All models come with a V8 engine and full-time four-wheel drive. The GX 460 is sold in base, Premium and Luxury trims.
New for the 2017 model year is a Sport Design package that brings metallic gray 18-inch alloy wheels, a restyled front bumper, a rear bumper spoiler, and other athletically oriented appearance upgrades. Additionally, Lexus now offers heated and ventilated front seats as a standalone option for the base trim. Second-row captain’s chairs are optional for the Premium trim and standard on Luxury models. Nightfall Mica debuts as a new exterior color choice.
The 2017 GX 460 puts the Lexus brand’s distinctive spindle grille front and center, but with a two-level look that has grille bars on the top and a mesh insert below. Sculpted wheel-arches add a surprisingly streamlined look to the vehicle. Standard exterior features such as roof rails, running boards and integrated front and rear mudguards heighten the GX’s ruggedness and versatility.
Base models come with LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, a rear tailgate with a flip-up window and 18-inch wheels. Options include headlamp washers, LED fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers and illuminated front scuff plates.
The GX 460’s cabin has an angular look and a vaguely retro feel. A multi-piece dashboard with a well-defined center stack dominates the interior. The front seats are hospitable, but the second row is a lot less plush. A 40/20/40-split second row and 50/50-split third row are standard. The GX offers 11.6 cubic feet of capacity with all seats in place, and 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows folded.
Base models come with wood interior accents, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, memory settings for the driver’s seat, leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column. The list of available features includes heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, three-zone automatic climate control, second-row captain’s chairs and leather upholstery.
Robust performance is provided for all 2017 GX trims by a standard 4.6-liter V8. The engine produces 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque, which enables a maximum tow rating of 6,500 pounds. That compares to a tow rating of 5,000 pounds for a 2017 Ford Explorer. The GX 460’s full-time four-wheel-drive setup includes trail-friendly hardware such as a Torsen limited-slip differential and a two-speed transfer case with a dedicated low range. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard in all trims.
The 2017 GX has an EPA rating of 15/18 mpg city/highway.
In true Lexus fashion, the GX is nicely equipped when it comes to technology. The list of standard features includes Bluetooth phone and music streaming, dual USB ports, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a nine-speaker sound system, HD radio, Siri Eyes Free, voice command, a CD/MP3 player and a rearview camera.
The list of upgrades includes navigation, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, adaptive cruise control with a pre-collision warning system, lane departure alert, a driver drowsiness monitor, wide-view front and side parking cameras and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.