2010 Lexus GX User Reviews
460 Premium shown
- $39,674 - $42,837
- No trim specified for this review
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I owned a Lexus GX 470 and decided it was time to trade in the old for a new model. My GX 470 was problem free for 150,000 miles, with the exception that the right turn signal required frequent replacement. Fit and finish was of excellent quality. A general complaint with the 470 was a lack of storage space for items such as attaches, laptops, etc. Rear door opens sideways rather than down, making carrying oversized objects a near impossibility. Rear seats while short were reclinable and fairly comfortable. Third row seats were used once in 5 years and could accommodate a child only. They could fold up or be removed all together, resulting in ample rear cargo space. The new GX-460 has a smaller engine, absolutely horrible rearseats, and third row seats appropriate only for small children. Padding on the rear seats is woefully inadequate and they are too short. As placing a child seat in the third row seats may be difficult at best, they in reality serve no useful function. A child over 57 inches in height would find these seats very uncomfortable for any ride exceeding 15-10 minutes. The third row seats can be shifted backward. However, they can no longer be folded up when not in use. They now fold into the floor. This results in a significantly diminished rear cargo area in comparison to the
GX 470. There is less wood grain in the new GX 460, with a busy instrument panel, lending more to a techy appearance, and less to the understated eligance many Lexus owners have come to expect and appreciate. Head room is significantly reduced in the new GX-460, by approximately 2 inches. Lexus engineers failed to correct the rear door issues, it still opens from the side. However, the rear door window can now be opened to permit oversized objects to be carried. Fit and finish is of Lexus quality. Ride is suprizingly comfortable and well mannered for a body on frame vehicle. Overall, My impression of the new GX 460 is that Lexus missed the spot and created a vehicle of limited practicality, a step back from the
GX 470. Who realy uses these third row seats anyway? With reduced cargo space and very limited hidden storage space for personal/business items, Lexus failed to improve but rather detracted from the value of the vehicle, while adding significant $ to the vehicle cost. The new GX-460 now resembles the Toyota Highlander in profile. Dealers are asking significant $ over invoice and MSRP, so be firm when you negotiate. Consider the Mercedes GL and Audi Q7. Fuel economy of GX 460 marginally better than the 470.
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