The Aging Lexus GX 460 Is Finally Getting Refreshed for 2020

The Lexus GX 460 generally isn’t considered a top competitor in the SUV market. There are some good things about the SUV, like its capable abilities off-road and its high towing capacity. However, everything else about the GX 460 makes it average at best.

This is not helped by the GX 460’s aging interior and drivetrain. This SUV hasn’t had a major redesign since 2010. While there are no plans yet for a remodel, the GX 460 has been refreshed for the 2020 model year. Besides its noticeably large grille, what else is different about the 2020 GX 460

About the Lexus GX 460

The Lexus GX 460 is a little unconventional compared to most SUVs. Its body-on-frame structure is more like a truck, which contributes to its rugged nature. It can handle off-roading situations with ease thanks to available features like traction control, hill-start assistance, and crawl control. It also has all-wheel drive and an available adaptive suspension.

Its engine is a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 capable of 301 hp and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. When fully loaded, it allows the GX 460 to tow up to 6,500 pounds.

The engine does have a few weak spots. Its fuel economy score is pretty low for its class, earning 15 mpg on city roads and 18 mpg on the highway. The GX 460 also isn’t very quick, but it’s quiet inside the cabin while passing other cars. MotorTrend pointed out that its steering isn’t very exciting.

Despite its low points, the Lexus GX 460 is one of the most reliable SUVs you can buy. The first two rows are spacious enough for taller passengers and come wrapped in leather upholstery. Neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is available, but it can sync up with an Amazon Alexa device.

The Toyota 4Runner has similar problems

The Lexus GX 460 gets its truck-inspired body from the Toyota 4Runner. Its last remodel was also in 2010, and it’s definitely beginning to show its age. While it’s definitely a strong SUV for off-roading, it doesn’t get good gas mileage, and its transmission is woefully outdated.

Unlike its luxury SUV cousin, its interior is filled with low-quality materials. It did get a new standard infotainment system, which allows standard smartphone integration for Apple, Alexa, and Android users. It also comes with the Toyota Safety Sense-P system. Disappointingly, it doesn’t have any new drivetrain features.

Refresh upgrades

Like the refreshed Toyota, there’s little in the way of major upgrades in the Lexus GX 460. Its huge grille and slitted headlights give it an intimidating new face. It also got a new suite of standard safety features. If you upgrade to a Premium or Luxury trims, you get a few exclusive new extras.

These two trims come with standard aluminum and wood trims inside. The Luxury model also comes with a new Off-Road Package. This makes off-roading adventures even more fun with a surround-view camera, multi-terrain selection, and an upgraded transmission cooler.

What these new features add to the Lexus GX 460

MotorTrend tested a Luxury GX 460 with all the extra gadgets equipped. However, an off-roading test could not be performed due to current restrictions. The review also says that the overall driving performance hasn’t changed, but that’s to be expected. However, the tester did appreciate the added safety features. 

The dynamic suspension system absorbs most bumps well, but things can get shaky over uneven pavement. The tester also was unimpressed with the cramped third row and cargo area. The cargo door also opens from the side, making it slightly awkward to use.

Overall, the 2020 Lexus GX 460 improves on many past concerns, like uncomfortable seats and a lack of safety features. While it remains the same mechanically, it’s still of one the most versatile SUVs on the market.