There are those who love crossover SUVs (plenty of those, actually). Then there are those who love the traditional truck-based SUVs because of that extra touch of ruggedness they offer. If you’re in the latter camp, and you want your SUV with a nice helping of luxury, you want to look at the 2015 Lexus GX 460.
This midsize SUV seats up to seven and has a powerful enough engine to take on some towing duties. And in the rare case that you’re one of those drivers who occasionally ventures off-road, the GX can handle some of that, too. Make no mistake, it’s not really purposed as a rock-climber, but with full-time four-wheel drive, if you’re out in the country and want to take on some mild hills, go right ahead.
The GX is powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 that makes 301 horsepower and 329 pounds-feet of torque. The engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission and, as mentioned, full-time four-wheel drive. That dings gas mileage a bit, as the GX is rated at 15 mpg city, 20 highway. And the GX takes premium fuel, adding another dose of cha-ching at the gas pump. But the good news is, if you’ve got some light to medium towing duty, the GX can handle it, with a capacity of up to 6,500 pounds.
Exterior styling is good, traditional SUV stock, with the squared off lines and high body stance; none of this rounded, soft, cutesy stuff that you get from so many of today’s crossovers. No offense to crossover drivers and admirers of these vehicles, but some of us just like rockin’ the truck look on our SUVs. Up front on the GX, you get the trademark spindle grille that Lexus has made famous, in a nod to the fact that this is still a luxury machine. It features standard running boards, power moonroof and 18-inch wheels.
On the interior, you’ll find comfortable seats and good functionality. However, we would like to see Lexus expand the leg room a tad, as seating for a taller driver wasn’t quite as comfortable as hoped for in a vehicle this size. But there is a versatile element to this interior, as the second row seating can recline or slide and the third row can fold flat. Rich-looking wood trim, heated and cooled front seats and a Mark Levinson audio system are among the pleasing options.
The GX starts at around $50,000 and ranges close to $62,000.
If it’s a true SUV you’re looking for, and you want it accompanied with some fine luxury features, it’s hard to go wrong with the GX 460.