First Impressions: 2015 Lexus GX 460

2015 Lexus GX 460When your life is full of family time, your life inevitably includes an SUV these days. As far as full sized SUVs go, the Lexus GX 460 is giving Land Rover a run for their money.

Exterior:

Not sporty but not bulky, the Lexus GX 460 is a people mover without looking like a van or a truck. It’s sleek and functional- think Lexus meets Range Rover before Posh and Becks got ahold of the brand but modernized.

Interior:

The interior is spacious and feels like a luxury vehicle without being imposing. The sleek leather interior would be appropriate for any $50,000+ vehicle. When you first sit in the GX 460 you feel comfortable and right at home- nothing is awkward and placement of switches and storage makes sense.

Handling:

One of the most remarkable things about the GX 460 is that it doesn’t feel like you’re driving something as big as it is. Steering is tight but not stiff and despite its height, stability is impressive even around tight corners and roundabouts.

2015 Lexus GX 460Seating/Storage:

Is there is one thing the GX 460 is known for, it’s space. Whether or not you choose to use the third row seating, you’ll still have abundant room for storage and the seating won’t feel cramped (and you will feel comfortable).

Infotainment:

The GX 460 features easy to read screens with buttons where they make sense while not trying to revolutionize the entire experience, unlike the pickle many other brands are finding themselves in.  The sound fills the entire vehicle and while obviously not built for bumping down the road with the bass turned up, the sound is more than adequate. 

The Drive:

SUVs often get it wrong. Manufacturers make their drive feel like you’re piloting a boat, hauling in a truck, or trying to squeeze every ounce of car-ish-ness out of the handling, interior, and drive. When you’re in the GX 460 you feel like you’re driving a vehicle that is large, but not any other vehicle than the Lexus you’re in. The GX 460 is entirely an animal in and of itself, not trying to masquerade around like a vehicle other than what it is. It’s refreshing.

top image courtesy of Lexus
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