By KBB.com Editors
Though not the largest SUV in the Lexus fleet, The GX 470's newer chassis and more modern interior make it the rival of the company's flagship SUV, the LX 470. Based on the Toyota 4Runner platform, the GX 470 provides seating for up to eight passengers and enough electronic gadgets to satisfy James Bond. The LX 470's upright green house and generous ground clearance make it ideal for off-road enthusiasts, but its high price tag and Lexus nameplate pretty much guarantee off-road adventures will be limited to ski resort parking lots, lakeside boat ramps and leaving it on the lawn at country-club wedding receptions.You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for an eight-passenger luxury SUV with V8 power and loads of electronic goodies, but you don't want a gargantuan hunk of steel in your driveway, the GX 470 is really quite appealing.You May Not Like This Car If...
If it's cargo space you crave, the GX 470's third-row seats take up most of the cargo hold and you have to lug them in and out (as opposed to being able to fold them into the floor).What's Significant About This Car?
Lexus' optional fifth-generation navigation system now includes voice-activated commands and improved screen displays. An auxiliary audio input jack becomes standard. The optional rear-seat entertainment system features larger nine-inch screens.Driving It Driving Impressions
The GX 470's V8 engine allows it to accelerate with some authority, and its potent torque rating allows it to move briskly from a standing start while towing up to 6,500 pounds. Once underway, you'll appreciate the way the GX 470 handles itself, both on the highway and on winding back roads. You can thank the sophisticated electronic setup attached to the GX 470's independent front and air-spring rear suspension.
The suspension is assisted by a host of electronic aids, including an adaptive suspension dampening unit that adjusts the vehicle's ride according to the road condition, and a downhill assist that prevents the vehicle from speeding out of control when descending steep hills. Lexus also gives you both traction control and Vehicle Skid Control (VSC) to keep the GX 470 firmly planted on the road no matter what the driving conditions.
Optional voice-activated navigation allows hands-free operation.
The GX 470's available rear-seat DVD system keeps the kids (and grown ups) happy.