2020 Lexus Gx 460 Redesign Photos – The clean, straightforward design of the 2020 Lexus Gx 460 Redesign is let down only by the turbo model’s excessive add-ons.
2020 Lexus Gx 460 Redesign Review and Specs
The Luxury is the most expensive trim level in the lineup, but it’s also the most modern. It offers access to several features that the base trim level doesn’t get, and the Luxury comes with adaptive air suspension that will help with off-roading. If your heart is set on the GX 460, the top-level Luxury trim is the one we’d recommend.
The 2020 Lexus GX 460 is a vehicle with two purposes. The first is to get you where you want to go when the pavement ends. Underneath, it’s a serious off-roader with a body-on-frame chassis and all the hardware it needs to travel rocky trails. However, according to the badges on the outside and the interior trimmings, it’s a luxury three-row family hauler. Unfortunately for the GX 460, Lexus had to make a lot of compromises along the way to join these two purposes into one vehicle. READ ~ 2020 Toyota Hiace First Drive
Because it’s built on an old-school body-on-frame design, the GX 460 rides more like a truck than it does a modern crossover SUV. It’s bumpy over broken pavement, and the flat, uncomfortable seats don’t do much to help out. The GX 460’s also relies on a rather dated powertrain. The 4.6-liter V8 is powerful enough to warrant a 6,500-pound tow rating, but it returns a rather disappointing EPA fuel economy rating of 16 mpg combined (15 city/18 highway).
It’s not all bad news. The GX’s off-road capabilities are undeniable, especially if you opt for the available adaptive suspension. That same adaptive suspension gives the GX impressive handling around curvy mountain roads. And while it looks a bit dated on the inside, the Lexus’ interior is easy to get used to, with a simple layout and controls.
Given the available plethora of excellent, well-rounded luxury SUVs, it’s hard to recommend such a single-minded rig. The Land Rover Discovery does a better job of mixing luxury and off-road capability, while crossovers such as the Acura MDX and the Volvo XC90 are more appealing overall.
2020 Lexus GX 460 configurations
The 2020 Lexus GX 460 is a large three-row SUV using traditional body-on-frame construction, and it has seating for seven people. Available second-row captain’s chairs reduce seating capacity to six. There are base and Luxury trim levels available. Both come with a 4.6-liter V8 engine (301 horsepower, 329 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
Standard equipment on the base trim includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, running boards, a flip-up rear window in the swing-out tailgate, roof rails, Lexus’ Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (improves off-road traction), a sunroof, a rearview camera, and keyless ignition and entry.
Inside, you’ll find dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated-leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering column, a 40/20/40-split second-row seat (sliding, reclining, folding), and a 50/50-split folding third-row seat. Infotainment features include Lexus Enform emergency and remote vehicle services, an 8-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player, and satellite and HD radio.
Stand-alone options include a blind-spot monitoring system (with rear cross-traffic alert), LED foglights, automatic wipers, a windshield de-icer, heated and ventilated front seats, and a navigation system. The Premium package bundles most of those stand-alone options (minus blind-spot monitoring) and further adds parking sensors, a unique front grille, heated second-row seats, leather upholstery, and three-zone climate control. You can also add second-row captain’s chairs.
The GX 460 Luxury comes with all of the above as standard plus an adaptive and auto-leveling suspension, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, headlight washers, a heated wood-trimmed steering wheel, a rear cargo cover, the second-row captain’s chairs, and upgraded leather upholstery.
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Only the Luxury model can be enhanced with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a two-screen rear-seat entertainment system, and the Driver Support package, which adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic braking, front- and sideview cameras, a driver inattention monitoring system, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and an off-road, low-speed cruise control system (Crawl Control).
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the base Lexus GX 460 (4.6L V8 | 6-speed automatic | 4WD) with the optional Premium package.
The GX 460 has much going for it but stumbles in key areas. Its transmission and gas pedal calibration get in the way of the willing V8. The suspension system gives it nimble handling, but the steering is lifeless and numb. And its impressive off-road hardware is foiled by low-slung bodywork.
It’s quiet, the climate control system will please everyone, and the ride isn’t liable to get your tummy rumbling. But make sure you test out those seats before you sign on the dotted line. Everyone is different in this regard, but we found it hard to get past the plank-like seat bottoms.
The best value in 2020 Lexus Gx 460 Redesign is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.
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