Car Review: The 2013 Lexus GX 460 goes classy with an edge

A crossover SUV, this Lexus is comfortable, offering all the luxury features you have come to expect in the Lexus brand. Photo: Lexus GX 460 Photo: Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, February 11, 2013 — The 2013 Lexus GX 460 is classy with an edge, as in it can do off-road if it wants to, but it looks good doing it.

A crossover SUV, this Lexus is comfortable, offering all the luxury features you have come to expect in the Lexus brand.

While there were no changes on the 2013 Lexus GX 460, who needs changes when things are already just right.

For competition the 2013 Lexus GX 460 sits among the likes of the Toyota 4Runner and the Land Cruiser in some categories, but most folks will find its closest likeness are in the Acura MDX, BMW X5 and the Mercedes Benz M-class.

A seven-seater, the 2013 Lexus GX 460 comes in two trims; base and premium. On the base there are 18-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, running boards, sunroof, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped power steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable heated/ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, power-folding third-row seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. You also get a back-up camera and lots of audio goodies with six-CD changer, Bluetooth audio, and phone and iPod connectivity.

Inside the Lexus GX 460 Photo: R. Dandridge

The Premium version has additional adaptive variable suspension, auto-dimming side view mirrors, xenon headlights, upgraded leather, heated wood-trimmed steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and rear air-conditioning.

You can  get these Premium goodies as options on the base model too. Other options include front and rear parking sensors, wide front and side view cameras, power-folding exterior mirrors, and a navigation system.

On the Premium trim, there is also the choice of adaptive cruise control, the Crawl Control off-road system, a lane-departure warning system and a driver-attention monitor.

Under the hood, the 2013 Lexus GX 460 has a 4.6-liter V8 engine with 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque. It is a six-speed automatic transmission and if equipped for it, this vehicle can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

For safety the 2013 Lexus GX 460 has antilock brakes, traction and stability control, hill descent control, hill start assist, front- and rear-seat side, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and roll-sensing side curtain airbags. There is also a collision mitigation system with the optional adaptive cruise control as well as the safety lane-departure and distracted-driver alert features.

Inside this Lexus GX 460, you can expect luxury with all the bells and whistles. The control panel is a bit overwhelming at first but easy to figure out intuitively.

Another plus is the 60/40-split-folding rear seats and the convenient power-folding third-row seats. Space to haul is 92 cubic feet and while there is no lift-gate on this Lexus, the swinging rear cargo door works just fine with its flip-up rear window too.

On the road and behind the wheel, you won’t be disappointed in this Lexus, driving like a truck and not a crossover. Still there’s lots of room to impress when you get behind the wheel and take the corners and curves.

Should You Need to Know: Note what is called the Crawl Control, a feature that actually modulates throttle and braking in order to allow for the driver to maintain a speed along with control, whether ascending or descending on a hill.

Miles Per Gallon: The 2013 Lexus GX 460 that I drove came in at 15 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: The cost for the 2013 Lexus GX 460 Premium $66,779.

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1300 articles to her credit in the past 15-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a national radio show called “The Duva Show” where her “The Insider Mag’s” I’m Standing Here segment can be heard weekly between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Monday evenings.  

Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and the North Texas Film Critics and writes for the Dallas Morning News, Focus Daily New, Living Magazine and Valley Scene Magazines as well as www.greensourceDFW.  She also spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.

She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.

Her latest book release is “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma” from www.historypress.net and she will be publishing her ninth book this spring about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13. 

 


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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.

 

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