Versatility best describes the 2019 Lexus GX 460. This luxury SUV is engineered for all kinds of terrain including extreme off-road conditions. Along with the capability of handling rocky trails and city streets, the GX also displays exceptional craftsmanship.
The three-row GX 460 seats up to seven passengers. Heated and ventilated front seats are available as a standalone option for the base model and standard on the Premium and Luxury models. In the Sport Design Package, the GX offers captain’s chairs for the second-row seating.
Like every Lexus model, the GX 460 flashes a signature spindle grille which gives the SUV a distinctive, standout style. The Sport Design Package puts an extra touch on the luxury SUV with special details such as an exclusive front fascia, rear valence, chrome exhaust tip, scarlet taillamps and 18-inch split-six alloy wheels with Gunmetal Metallic finish.
The 2019 Lexus GX 460 comes in seven vibrant exterior colors — Starfire Pearl, Silver Lining Metallic, Nebula Gray Pearl, Nightfall Mica, Fire Agate Pearl, Black Onyx and Claret Mica. The GX 460 interior is available in the following three colors: Black, Sepia or Ecru.
New Standard Features:
Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect complimentary for 10 years
Lexus Enform Remote (smart watch and Amazon Alexa skill integration)
New Optional Features:
Premium Packages in Black or Sepia colors changed to NuLuxe interior trim
Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert available as no charge option
Easy maneuverability and the comfort of the 2019 Lexus GX 460 make it an ideal contender for the modern family. A dual-purpose vehicle, the luxury SUV can go from the office to an active, demanding 4x4 environment on the weekend without looking out of place. The standard and sole engine is a 301-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 that issues 329 lb.-ft. of peak torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Combine that with 6,500-lb. towing capacity, and you’ve got an ideal boat hauler. Towing is aided with Trailer Sway Control, a function of the Vehicle Stability Control that enhances straight-line tracking.
In today’s world, a full-capability SUV means the ability to casually traverse highways and grocery store parking lots while also offering the ability for an off-road excursion. That’s why the 2019 Lexus GX 460 uses a full-time automatic four-wheel drive system that can enhance everyday handling on the pavement as well as on the trails.
A Torsen torque-sensing limited slip center differential distributes power 40:60 under most driving conditions and changes the ratio as needed based on wheel slip. The system offers a low range for off-road driving, and the center differential can be electronically locked. Driving through a curve on pavement, for example, the Torsen differential can change the torque split to 30:70 to enhance vehicle tracking. If wheels spin, the center differential can change the ratio to 50:50 to help control slippage. The system can respond to sudden changes in road-surface conditions, such as driving through a puddle or over an ice patch.
A two-speed transfer case with low range is supported by a wide array of chassis control technology. With Downhill Assist Control (DAC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and available Crawl Control, the 2019 Lexus GX 460 has the ability to roam unpaved, uneven trails and steep inclines. In some off-road conditions, where the driver might have a hard time knowing which direction the front wheels are pointing – the GX 460 comes with a standard steering angle indicator in the gauge panel. A-TRAC provides the traction benefits of having locking front and rear differentials, but with lower weight. The system can apply the brake to a slipping wheel, while transferring torque to the wheels with better traction.
Utilizing the technology of the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), the 2019 Lexus GX 460 can improve on-road handling and ride comfort by assuring that the vehicle remains level. When the GX encounters an uneven surface, one compressed cylinder causes fluid to flow to the other cylinder, helping the vehicle to keep all four wheels on the ground. The system works without any action needed by the driver.
Another asset of the GX for on-road smoothness is the available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). The AVS uses electronically controlled dampers that adjust to road surface conditions. The driver can tailor the ride by selecting from Normal, Sport or Comfort modes.
Trail drivers who encounter steep and rocky hills know well the skill and concentration needed to manipulate the throttle, brake and steering to help keep the vehicle moving forward securely. The 2019 Lexus GX 460 makes it easier with available Crawl Control, which automatically modulates the throttle and brake, allowing the driver to concentrate on steering.
Engaged when the vehicle is in low range, Crawl Control allows the vehicle to move forward or in reverse at one of five driver-selectable low-speed settings. Crawl Control also engages the front and rear “virtual” locking differentials to help reduce tire slippage and optimize chassis behavior. Crawl Control can also help the driver navigate the GX 460 through sand, mud or snow.
V8, cast aluminum block and aluminum heads
DOHC 32 valve with Dual Hydraulic with intelligence (VVT-i)
4.6 liter—281.1 cubic inches
Bore x Stroke
3.70 in. x 3.27 in.
301 hp @ 5,500 rpm
329 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm
Sequential Multiport Fuel Injection (SFI); Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i)
91 octane unleaded
Front engine, full-time four-wheel drive (4WD)
6-speed sequential shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT)
Center Differential Type
TORSEN Limited Slip with electronic locking feature
Zero to 60 mph
Zero to 100 mph
15.5 sec @ 91 mph
Max Towing Capacity
EPA FUEL ESTIMATED (mpg)
15 City/ 18 Highway/ 16 Combined
73.8 in. Luxury model
Max Cargo Capacity
64.7 cu. ft
GX 460: 5,130 lbs.
GX 460 Luxury: 5,198 lbs
7 or 6
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Lexus GX 460 is a three-row SUV that has seating for seven people. The optional second-row captain's chairs reduce seating capacity to six. It available in two trim levels: base and Luxury. Both come with a 4.6-liter V8 engine, four-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features on the base trim includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, running boards, a flip-up rear window in the swing-out tailgate, roof rails, Lexus' Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, a sunroof, a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated-leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering column, a 40/20/40-split second-row seat (sliding, reclining, folding), and a 50/50-split folding third-row seat. Tech features include Lexus Enform emergency and remote vehicle services, an 8-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player, and satellite and HD radio.
Options for the base trim include a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, LED foglights, automatic wipers, a windshield de-icer, heated and ventilated front seats, and a navigation system. The Premium package bundles most of those options except blind-spot monitoring and adds parking sensors, a unique front grille, heated second-row seats, leather upholstery, and three-zone climate control. You can also add second-row captain's chairs.
The 2019 Lexus GX 460 Luxury include all of the above plus an adaptive and auto-leveling suspension, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, headlight washers, a heated wood-trimmed steering wheel, a rear cargo cover, the second-row captain's chairs, and upgraded leather upholstery.
The Luxury model can be equipped with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a two-screen rear-seat entertainment system, and the Driver Support package, which adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic braking, front- and sideview cameras, a driver inattention monitoring system, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and an off-road, low-speed cruise control system (Crawl Control).
The 2019 Lexus GX 460 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) right around $52,355 (does not include $1,295 destination charge). The Luxury models start at $63,755. A fully loaded GX 460 easily tops $70,000. At its base price, the GX 460 costs more than every competitor except the BMW X5, which is slightly higher, so it’s not a bargain item. But it is a quality piece of work, with great fit and finish and a proven record of dependable reliability.