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In a category filled with car-based crossovers, the GX 460 is retro in its use of a truck-like ladder frame underneath its body. It is also equipped with a very sophisticated 4WD system that gives it off-roading abilities likely far beyond what most of its buyers will need -- or want -- to do with a premium vehicle like this.
Those are good things if you’re in the market for an upscale, family-oriented, four-wheeling machine. Unfortunately, what makes the GX rugged off the road hurts it in areas like ride quality and fuel economy when it’s doing pavement duty, which is where these vehicles spend most of their time. So even though the GX has a lot going for it, including the high-end interior appointments Lexus is known for, reviewers conceded that a car-based crossover makes better sense for most buyers.
Refreshed three years ago, the 2012 Lexus GX 460 moves into the new model year with exterior trim changes and a new Fire Agate Pearl exterior color.
The 2012 Lexus GX 460 is a four-door, body-on-frame SUV that holds seven passengers in three rows of seats.
The base GX has a healthy list of standard features including 18-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats trimmed in leather, automatic dual-zone climate controls, a power moonroof, backup camera, and a nine-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with Bluetooth.
The Premium model adds an Adaptive Variable Suspension (with Normal, Sport and Comfort modes), rear air suspension, HID headlamps, heated steering wheel, heated second-row outer seats and rear air conditioning.
Among the many stand-alone options available for the GX is a hard-drive-based navigation system, adaptive cruise control, front and side cameras and the Lexus Enform infotainment system.
The GX 460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 that sends 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque to a six-speed automatic transmission and fulltime 4WD system with a low-range ratio.
The EPA has rated the GX 460 as achieving 15 mpg city, 20 highway and 17 combined.
Properly equipped, the 2012 Lexus GX 460 can tow up to 6,500 pounds.
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