Automobile Magazine Reviews the 2010 Lexus GX 460


2010 Lexus GX460

Automobile Magazine has posted up a first drive of the 2010 Lexus GX 460, which reads like an obituary of body-on-frame luxury utility vehicles, and includes this suggestion:

When this new GX got the green light four or so years ago, the world was a different place. Today, Lexus doesn’t really need two V-8-powered, body-on-frame utility vehicles. A more appropriate stable mate to the successful RX model might be a crossover patterned after the GMC Acadia which delivers about 10-percent better gas mileage and more interior space, albeit without the GX’s off-road prowess.

The argument that Lexus should abandon the GX because of the LX ignores one of the biggest differences between the two: price. There is a near $25,000 USD price difference between the two models. Instead, the body-on-frame sets the GX apart from most of its competitors, with the reduced interior space as the trade off.

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On a sidenote, here’s a GX 460 curiosity:

The instrument cluster is a delightful array of three liquid-crystal displays and four glowing needle and digit gauges. Scrolling through the menu allows displaying such useful info as which way the front wheels are pointing.

[Source: Automobile Magazine]

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  1. I agree that Lexus should invest in another crossover, but what auto mag, failed to realize was that the GX is a low risks product for Lexus since it’s simply a rebadged Toyota Prado.

    Lexus also realizes that the GX won’t be a big seller since they lowered the sales outlook to 1/5th of what it was back when the first gen came out.

    What I find curious is the price hike. That leaves a pretty big gap between the GX and RX. My guess that the price combined with the low sales outlook could mean that a larger than RX crossover is coming…

  2. I find that option of knowing which way the front wheels are pointing a useful tool when off-roading.

  3. Lexus’ website claims the GX 460 has an iron block & aluminum heads. I’ve contacted them for verification - all other Lexus/ Toyota with UR-series engines have alum block & heads. Hope its a mis-print! Lets not go back in time LOL

  4. “A more appropriate stable mate to the successful RX model might be a crossover patterned after the GMC Acadia…”

    Yeah industry leading Lexus, why don’t you follow the lead of industry failure GMC? LOL

  5. @(Cj): I’ll be posting about that

    (Cj):I agree that Lexus should invest in another crossover, but what auto mag, failed to realize was that the GX is a low risks product for Lexus since it's simply a rebadged Toyota Prado.

    Lexus also realizes that the GX won't be a big seller since they lowered the sales outlook to 1/5th of what it was back when the first gen came out.

    What I find curious is the price hike. That leaves a pretty big gap between the GX and RX. My guess that the price combined with the low sales outlook could mean that a larger than RX crossover is coming…

    I agree with you, the signs are there for a larger crossover to slot in between the RX & GX—likely styled similar to RX in the same way the GX is styled after the LX. On top of that, there was a noticeable disappointment when the 2010 RX didn’t seat seven, makes me think there’s a market there.

    (Also,I would imagine the GX price hike has to do with the new standard equipment.)

  6. Lexus Luver:"A more appropriate stable mate to the successful RX model might be a crossover patterned after the GMC Acadia…"

    Yeah industry leading Lexus, why don't you follow the lead of industry failure GMC? LOL

    Hilarious! LOL

  7. Agent001 seems to really like the vehicle. I can’t really trust his words though… he’s been a Lexus sympathizer is a bad way - probably because of how Lexus provide him with such great business on his site.

    Still, I agree. I like the idea of the metal wrap around the GX and the leather pad above the glovebox. Modern and contemporary but definitely not something suitable for the big daddy LX.

  8. @Lexus Luver:

    LOL. I agree the GX will have it’s own demographic. There are still people out there who will want a body-on-frame SUV. It’s like saying the Cadillac Escalade should be shelved because it’s not a crossover.

    However it would be nice for Lexus to release a crossover with 3 row seating or somehow fit a 3rd row in the RX.

  9. I love Lexus GX 460, could you tell me where I can see more photographs with different views of this car. It has all features that I want in to my car.

    I’m about to buy this car in next month. I’m from North America and here is many car dealers providing me different prices, so please suggest me where I should go to buy. Your suggestion would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks a lot!
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