By KBB.com Editors
Slotting neatly between the all-new Lexus LX 570 full-size SUV and the popular RX 350 and RX 400h crossover utility vehicles, the mid-size GX 470 represents a suitably Lexus-like upgrade of the rugged Toyota 4Runner platform, and it packs a full measure of techno wizardry and creature comforts along with standard V8 power and full-time four-wheel drive. Although it's now entered the graceful-aging stage of its generational lifecycle, the GX 470 remains extremely refined and lavishly equipped even in "base" form. With a solid blend of style, sophistication, all-weather and all-terrain capabilities and optional seating for up to eight, it continues to be a formidable competitor in a market segment that also includes the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Land Rover LR3, Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and Volkswagen Touareg.You'll Like This Car If...
When luxury, comfort and loads of technology mean just as much as spirited performance and go-almost-anywhere capability, the GX 470 deserves prime consideration as your possible next SUV.You May Not Like This Car If...
Available eight-place seating capability comes at the expense of usable cargo space in a GX 470. Complicating that reality is the fact that its optional third-row split-bench seat does not fold completely away, requiring removal and replacement whenever your hauling priorities change.What's New for 2008
Two new body colors, Salsa Red Pearl and Desert Sage Metallic, plus darker grille trim, revised wheel finishes and a several minor visual tweaks are all that set the 2008 GX 470 apart from last-year's model. Inside are a new Brown Walnut wood trim option and a touch more chrome.Driving It Driving Impressions
Despite its truck-based body-on-frame architecture, the GX 470 is a remarkably comfortable and civilized travelmate. A good deal of credit goes to the standard adaptive variable suspension that includes both height adjustability and four different shock absorber settings, but adding the optional KDDS (Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System) can significantly curtail body roll in the corners without adversely affecting ride quality. Even without KDDS, the GX 470 transparently employs its traction and stability controls, and the four-wheel drive, to help ease a driver's burden in all but the most extreme of weather or surface conditions. Downhill Assist Control and Hill-start Assist Control add extra confidence, on-road or off. Finally, add the smooth, spirited 4.7-liter V8 and cabin isolation that rivals a Lexus sedan in reducing interior noise levels and you've got one very impressive SUV.Favorite Features
Available Voice-Activated Navigation system
An extra well worth considering, the GX 470's voice-activated navigation system is impressively intuitive, allows hands-free activation of many functions and includes a large, legible seven-inch color display that also incorporates a rear-vision camera.
Optional KDDS (Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System)
Seamlessly integrated with the GX 470's standard adjustable suspension, the available KDDS (Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System) can trim body roll by up to 50 percent when cornering while maintaining excellent ride compliance.