If you look up any reviews about the Lexus GX 460 over the past few years then you’re bound to read about the fact that’s old and is in dire need of a refresh. Ironically, those reviews get pretty old to read too, so I figured that instead of talking about how old the GX 460 is, I would tell you about some of the redeeming qualities that it has.
Despite Lexus GX 460’s body-on-frame construction, it’s comfortable
I’m currently driving the 2021 Lexus GX 460 in its top-trim Luxury form and it’s actually the second time I’ve had the pleasant opportunity to drive one in a span of a few months. I’m definitely not complaining though, because this time, I’ve been able to notice more than the last time I drove it.
For example, while the GX 460’s body-on-frame construction lends itself to feel like a rough-riding truck in some instances, it’s actually really comfortable. Of course, the adjustable air suspension that it rides on has a lot to do with it, but if you’re planning to use it for daily driving, it won’t beat you up like a 4Runner or even a Tacoma will.
However, the hidden beauty of the GX 460 is when it shines off-road, which my tester is easily more than capable of doing so, considering it’s equipped with the “Off-Road Package,” which includes a transmission cooler, a multi-terrain view monitor, a fuel tank protector and Crawl Control.
The controls are outdated, but they’re easy-to-use
Sitting in the driver’s seat again, I’ve taken note of the Lexus GX 460’s excellent visibility, so even if you happen to be on the shorter side, you’ll still have a commanding view of the road ahead of you and whatever is behind you. Also, looking at the center console, I’ve noticed that while the controls and the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system give me Radio Shack vibes, there’s something familiar about them.
Yes, I know, Toyota probably used them in a few other platforms, but that’s not what I mean. What I mean is that they are easy-to-use and easy to navigate, so that even the most technologically challenged users can still get around it. I like the fact that there’s a large volume knob and a matching tuning knob, and while the infotainment interface looks like it debuted the same time the Nintendo 64 did, it gets the job done perfectly fine.
The Lexus GX 460’s Mark Levinson sound system is divine
Lastly, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get over the optional Mark Levinson Surround Sound system. It has 17 speakers and enough clarity to make you feel like you’re in a concert hall. That, combined with the GX 460’s quiet cabin, comfortable ride, and the fine-tuning of the large volume knob, makes for one large luxury SUV that can relax just as hard as it can play.
And in the end, while the Lexus GX460 is in dire need of a redesign, it’s still quite the bargain with a $53,000 starting price considering it can go off-road with the best in its class and then take you home in quiet, comfortable style.