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2009 Lexus GX

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2009 Lexus GX Review

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Slotting neatly between the flagship Lexus LX 570 full-size SUV and the popular RX 350 and RX 400h crossover utility vehicles, the mid-size 2009 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 2009 Lexus 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 2009

The Lexus GX 470 sees no major changes for 2009.

Driving the GX

Driving Impressions Despite its truck-based body-on-frame architecture, the 2009 Lexus 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.

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.

2009 Lexus GX Details
2009 Lexus GX photo Interior

As you might expect of a Lexus, the GX 470's well-isolated cabin is awash in supple leather and tastefully polished wood. Complementing the upscale ambiance are signature Optitron electroluminescent gauges and well-positioned primary controls and switchgear. Power-adjustable front seats provide good comfort and support, while the second-row 60/40-split bench seat has the headroom and legroom to handle three average-size adults (although two is more optimum). Significantly less space in all critical dimensions means the optional third-row 50/50-split seat might be best for children. However, removing it increases cargo volume from 13.2 cubic feet to 49.7, and flip-folding the second-row elements further increases rear cargo capacity to 77.5 cubic feet.

Exterior

A contemporary take on the conventional SUV design, the 2009 Lexus GX 470 matches softened contouring on its front and rear quarters with bold fender flaring and pronounced side character lines. Its large and fairly upright glass area helps optimize driver sightlines in all directions. Access to the rear cargo area is through a single-piece rear hatch that swings open from left to right, a design choice that can make loading and unloading in confined areas a bit challenging. The GX 470 rides on S-rated 265/65 all-season tires mounted to 17-inch alloy rims, currently the only choice available directly from the factory.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2009 Lexus GX 470 boasts a truly expansive assortment of standard features. On the creature-comfort front, rich wood and leather cabin trappings set off a vast array of power assists and other premium touches, including a nine-speaker audio system with six-disc CD changer, dual-zone climate control, power moonroof and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control buttons. Mechanically, it matches V8 power, a five-speed automatic transmission and a dual-range full-time four-wheel drive system with sophisticated vehicle dynamics enhancements that include adjustable shock absorbers and ride height, traction and stability controls, Downhill Assist Control and Hill-start Assist Control, anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and front, front-side and side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

The GX 470's list of options is headed by a voice-activated navigation system offered with a stunning 240-watt Mark Levinson audio system. You can put an enthusiast edge on handling with the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), available alone or as part of the Sport Package that also includes interior and exterior trim enhancements. Other key items include a 50/50 split-folding third-row seat (including a supplemental air-conditioner), SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio, rear DVD entertainment system, tow hitch and Lexus Link, which provides roadside assistance, emergency alerts, concierge services, and other worthwhile benefits.

Under the Hood

The 2009 Lexus GX 470 teams a smooth and torquey 4.7-liter V8 with a five-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive. Normally, the engine's 263 horsepower and 323 pound-feet of torque are automatically apportioned by a Torsen limited-slip center differential. But, when conditions warrant, Low range can be selected by using a console-mounted auxiliary shift lever and the center differential can be electronically locked with a button on the dash. Requiring just over eight seconds to accelerate from a stop to 60 miles per hour, the versatile GX 470 can tow up to 6,500 pounds when fitted with the optional trailer hitch and still earns slightly above-average EPA fuel economy numbers of 14 mpg city/18 mpg highway.

4.7-liter V8
263 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
323 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18

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2009 Lexus GX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 207 Ratings for the 2003 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

By far the BEST SUV

By on Thursday, October 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 199,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, Good mpg for SUV V8, Very Luxury, Stable"

Cons: "Too nice to take offroading, but is that a Con?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"You can't compare any SUV to this one. Maybe the LX or the Land Cruiser but they are such gas guzzlers. My Avg MPG is 19mpg with 200K miles on the Car. I get 23 24 on the freeway. Much more stable then the jeeps and with the Dif Locks it handles like a jeep off road, but in luxury. where you don't jump around the car like a bobble-head. Leather is amazing, reliability is amazing, quiet and smooth on the roads, headlights are bright and clear, Takes easy turns without the tipping over feeling. Its a Lexus, with 200K on the car it still runs like new."

12 people out of 22 found this review helpful

The GX-470 is a velvet-lined tank.

By on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Can't bet how well it does everything it does"

Cons: "Being scared to get it dirty"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had the GX-470 for three years now, and it was the best 'car purchase' I've made. The initial sticker shock is bold, so we bought used. This is our family grocery getter, toddler carrier, and much more. I love the ride comfort, towing ability and versatility. If I was asked to get in my GX470 and drive across the country-anywhere in the country- I would feel COMPLETLEY confident in the mechanical and engineering of this SUV."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Classy, Refined and Reliable

By on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable, versatile, classy"

Cons: "Pricey, Navi cumbersome, 2nd row bench seat std"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Very dependable and versatile. Capable of seating 8 when family visits from out of town, but the 3rd row of seats are easily removed and stowed in the garage for the other 50 weeks of the year, leaving plenty of room in the Lexus for groceries and whatnot. Ours is a 2004 model. The navi unit is so outdated that it is pretty much obsolete. The map can be updated, but the functioning of it is extremely cumbersome. Also it cannot be operated while the vehicle is in motion. That is a huge turnoff. Overall, very happy with the quality and reliability. Even at 10 years old and more than 140k miles I would not hesitate to trek across the country at a moment's notice in the middle of the worst heat. All systems still work as advertised except the tire pressure sensor (the light stays on). Runs, drives, steers and handles like new. Very well engineered."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Another great Lexus. 210k miles looks & runs great

By on Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "LEXUS quality fit and finish"

Cons: "Can't really think of any. Maybe 3rd row seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Original owner of this SUV. Wish the new GX looked this good it would make buying another easy! This is our 5th Lexus"

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Very good condition

By on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,400

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Luxury suv"

Cons: "No cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Clean excellent exterior, interior, DVD package, motor good, no rust, rides and drives wonderful, Third row seat, climate control"

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

MPG is the only downside

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "overall Lexus unbeatable quality."

Cons: "MPG"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We've owned 3 different Lexus - SC 430 convertible, RX 300, GX 470. The only downside to any of Lexus's AWD SUVs is the gas mileage. Which there was a quality SUV built that could get in the 40 MPG. But I know that just isn't realistic, as you pay for the weight and size of driving a bigger vehicle."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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