2014 Lexus GX 460

2014 Lexus GX 460

2014 Lexus GX 460

The 2014 Lexus GX 460 is a midsize luxury SUV that is based heavily on the smaller of Toyota’s two world market Land Cruisers. With a leather-lined interior as well as robust body-on-frame construction, the GX 460 is Lexus’ answer to those seeking a cushy SUV that can still perform off-road when necessary.

2014 Lexus GX 460

2014 Lexus GX 460

It is a big vehicle, coming in at 192.1 inches long, 74.2 inches wide and equally as tall. Its off road stats are pretty impressive too. It sits 8.1-inches off of the ground, and sports an optional air ride suspension that can boost the GX to give it a 28-degree approach angle and a 25-degree departure angle. However, in the base trim like we tested, the angles shrink to 21 degrees on approach and 23 degrees on departure.

2014 Lexus GX 460

2014 Lexus GX 460

With a big, torquey 301-horsepower V-8, it accelerates strongly with no flat spots (0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds), and the six-speed automatic transmission provides quick, smooth shifts. The standard Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) is a mixed blessing, really, helping keep it level in corners and in precarious off-road situations yet adding a jittery feeling at times on pavement. Ride quality is otherwise good, and the cabin is quiet, as a Lexus should be inside. Light, long-ratio steering and a soft brake pedal enforce the idea that it’s a traditional SUV at heart. So does the GX’s gas mileage, which is wallet-emptying 15 mpg city, 20 highway.

2014 Lexus GX 460 interior

2014 Lexus GX 460 interior

A base Lexus GX460 comes in at $49,995, actually offering a fairly good value. A Mercedes-Benz ML-Class  will cost you at least $50,290, while an a BMW X5 sells for  at least $53,725, and neither of those offer the same off-road ability or durable body-on-frame construction as the GX. Even fully optioned, the GX460 will leave showrooms for a hair over $61,000, while many of its competitors will climb to much higher price points…