2016 Lexus GX460 Walk Around

Though gently rounded, the Lexus GX exhibits classic-SUV proportions, melded with a considerable amount of chrome. Up front is a bold, if curious, rendition of Lexus’s spindle grille, flanked by big headlights and assertive-looking bumper air dams. Fenders that look carved-out and a tall beltline help yield a trucklike appearance.

Designers took the organic, gentle, and aerodynamic styling of the brand’s L-Finesse designs, augmented by a more solid and sculpted, if simple, look. From behind, it’s wider and more conservative, highlighted by tall taillights. In profile, the Lexus GX is emphatically truck-derived.


Inside, both the layout and look are upright and, again, trucklike. Materials and trim, on the other hand, stress high quality. Lexus managed to mix the chunky trim and bulky door handles of a truck with luxurious, soft materials. Instrument-panel design is also quite upright, with a horizontal-bar theme.

Compared to newer utility vehicles, you sit quite high relative to the beltline, which translates to great outward visibility. Well-padded, supportive seats combine with plenty of legroom and headroom, creating a truly pleasant environment.

Controls actually feel less cluttered than in Lexus passenger cars. We applaud the steering-wheel controls; readily legible gauge layout; and carefully laid-out center stack.

The second row is quite roomy. Not only is it split, but the seat slides forward and backwards to adjust legroom and ease entry into the third row. That third row is impractical and small, as well as hard to reach. Its standard power-folding mechanism steals space, too, preventing the cargo area from being low and flat. Adults and teens will probably suffer crunched knees and tight headroom.

Thick rear pillars make blind spots substantial. Fortunately, a rearview camera is standard, and a Wide-View Side and Front Monitor is available.

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