2010 Lexus GX: First Look

2010 Lexus GX

  • Competes with: Land Rover LR4, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Audi Q7
  • Looks like: The previous GX 470 with styling tweaks here and there
  • Drivetrain: 301-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 with six-speed automatic transmission, full-time four-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Late December 2009

Lexus’ midsize truck-based SUV, the GX, has been redesigned for 2010. The new luxury SUV features a more powerful V-8 engine, slightly improved gas mileage and revised styling inside and out. For the first time, the GX will be offered in two grades: base, which will carry an MSRP of $51,970, and Premium, which will be priced at $56,765. The MSRP does not include a delivery charge of $875. The all-new GX 460 will be on display for the first time at the L.A. Auto Show in early December. It hits U.S. dealerships in late December. 

The 2010 GX 460 retains the tall stance of its predecessor, but new sheet metal and styling cues help update the look. The GX has smooth body sides that are accented by large front and rear fender flares; its new face has an uncanny resemblance to Subaru's redesigned Outback wagon, thanks to similar headlights. Around back, the rear window can be opened independently of the gate.

The GX's new 4.6-liter V-8 makes 301 horsepower and 329 pounds-feet of torque, and it teams with a six-speed automatic transmission. The full-time four-wheel-drive system incorporates a low range that's designed for off-road excursions. The SUV gets an EPA-estimated 15/20 mpg city/highway, which improves upon the old GX 470's 14/18 mpg. Maximum towing capacity is unchanged at 6,500 pounds. 
 
Seven-person seating in three rows is standard. The second-row bench seat can slide forward and backward for optimal legroom, and the seat's backrest also reclines. When more cargo room is needed, the standard power-folding third row folds flat with the floor.
 
The cabin's appearance has been completely overhauled, and it features a symmetrical dashboard design with a large center control panel finished in a silver-colored trim. Standard features include leather seat trim, heated and ventilated power front seats with a memory feature for the driver, automatic air conditioning, a moonroof, a backup camera and a nine-speaker audio system with iPod connectivity. A navigation system, Mark Levinson audio, backseat entertainment system with two screens and three-zone air conditioning are optional.
 
Lexus' Pre-Collision System, which can cinch the front seat belts and ready the brakes for stronger stopping performance, is optional. PCS can also be paired with a system that monitors the attentiveness of the driver and will try to warn them of obstacles before automatically braking the SUV.

Comments 

Rich

Absolutely HIDEOUS! Upscale buyers will not consider this gaudy, rotund design with the same consideration as an Audi or Mercedes. Toyota styling just keeps getting worse and worse. Perhaps they should be commended for that because reaching a new bottom can't be too easy.

Stellar

Isn't this based on the 4-Runner? Can't remember which ones which these days. Gotta love badge engineering.

jon

i couldnt wait for this new model to come out but not anymore. with the styling and the price i might as well spend a few more thousand dollars and get a ml550 or rrs or x5. at least i would get a lot more power and way better looks. this car should cost no more than 51 or 52k fully loaded. after all its based on the 4runner and those go for 41 fully loaded. whats up with the wheels? i think the 4runner has bigger rims. whats with the spoiler on the back too? this thing is just awful looking. its in a class of its own: ugly

Craig

This is the most purchased luxury SUV among households w/ incomes >$250,000. It's a great vehicle that does not have the maintenance issues that MB and BMW have.

This is indeed based on the 4Runner, but honestly I'm not impressed...at a glance the exterior styling reminds me more of a Highlander. For $52k+ that's not a good thing.

I have the new 2010 4Runner, and there isn't anything here that makes me wish I had this Lexus version. Except for perhaps the third row seat, since that's only a custom option in the Chicago area. And that pop-up rear hatch window is terrible, the power window on the 4Runner is classic.

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