A little more than a fancy 4Runner
2022 Lexus GX 460 Review Highlights:
- 2022 Lexus GX 460 ($57,575-$62,310)
- Pros: Impressive off-road capability, good safety tech, and standard all-wheel drive
- Cons: Stiff ride, poor fuel economy, and old design
The Lexus GX 460 fills a small niche in the luxury SUV segment. Its superior off-road capability makes it an exceptional choice if crawling over rocks is on your weekend bucket list. But its comfort and luxurious amenities make its quality a rival like the Lincoln Aviator, Acura MDX and Genesis GV80. It’s also easy to compare the Lexus GX with its corporate cousin, the Toyota 4Runner. However, it’s little more than just a fancy version of this rugged SUV.
What’s new for 2022?
For the 2022 model year, a special Black Line edition joins the Lexus GX line up. This exclusive trim includes blacked-out exterior trim, black 18-inch wheels, black interior headliner and black NuLuxe leather. The GX also received new tech features, including a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity.
There are also new parking sensors, an on-board navigation system and electrically folding exterior mirrors. Additionally, the highly sought after Nori Green Pearl paint joins the exterior paint palette.
Which 2022 Lexus GX 460 is the best?
- GX460: $57,575
- Top-end GX 460: $58,910
- GX 460 Luxury: $68,230
- GX 460 Black Line: $62,310
Considering that the base 2022 GX 460 model comes standard with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a 10-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control and a plethora of driver-assist features, c is a solid choice in the range.
Our tester of the week was a GX 460 Black Line Special Edition model equipped with crossbars. The tested price was $61,305.
How does the 2022 GX 460 work?
The 2022 Lexus GX 460 isn’t quite as refined as other rivals in the segment. Its body-on-frame chassis makes it feel like a truck as it negotiates speed bumps and road imperfections. And while its standard V8 engine is strong in the middle part of the powerband, it’s a little slow to accelerate off the line. That being said, while the ride of the GX 460 doesn’t feel like a cloud, it can be adjusted via the Adaptive Variable Suspension which uses electronically controlled dampers to adapt to road conditions.
Otherwise, the GX 460’s V8 engine easily propels the big three-row SUV up hills and on the highway without too much drama once you get past the tipping point. It’s also relatively easy to maneuver with good visibility around all four corners and the help of front and rear parking sensors.
However, its steering effort is a little stiff, which may take some getting used to at first. But overall, the GX 460 exudes luxury SUV ride and handling characteristics with a bit of toughness.
As for fuel economy, the EPA estimates the 2022 GX 460 can achieve up to 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. We averaged 17 mpg during our week of testing.
What is the engine of the GX 460?
The 2022 Lexus GX 460 comes with one engine choice: a 4.6-liter V8 engine. This big engine produces 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque. Are you surprised to find a V8 in a three-row SUV when almost every other SUV in this class uses a turbo V6 or smaller? Don’t worry, we were too.
However, that can’t be too surprising since Lexus has been using that same V8 engine since 2005 with little to no changes. We can’t blame them, considering the engine performs well in off-road situations and allows the SUV to tow up to 6,500 pounds.
Is the Lexus GX 460 worth the extra money over a Toyota 4Runner?
If you appreciate the luxurious Lexus badge, more upscale interior and V8 engine, we think the GX 460 might be worth the nearly $20,000 upgrade. While the two SUVs share the same chassis, the GX comes standard with plenty of tech and off-road features that Toyota 4Runner enthusiasts will appreciate. It also has a nifty swinging rear tailgate as opposed to the normal 4Runners tailgate.
MotorBiscuit Gives the 2022 Lexus GX 460 an Expert Rating of 7.5 out of 10
MotorBiscuit editors give the 2022 Lexus GX 460 an overall rating of 7.5 out of 10. While we liked the luxurious amenities and blacked-out looks of the Lexus GX 460, it still looks dated compared to the competition. That being said, it’s worth noting that anyone looking for a three-row luxury SUV that can handle almost any off-road course will find great value in the aging GX 460.
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