2015 Lexus GX 460
Base price: $50,010
Lexus’ entry into the seven-passenger midsize-class luxury SUV field is not a car-type V-6-powered crossover like the Acura
MDX or Infiniti QX60, but the body-on-frame, V-8-equipped GX 460. Based on an Australian-market SUV called the Toyota
Prado, the GX 460 comes with a 301-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. For a luxury SUV, the GX comes with some pretty serious off-road hardware, including full-time four-wheel drive with an electronic locking limited-slip differential. Optional is Toyota
’s CRAWL Control system, which automatically controls acceleration and braking while off-roading so the driver can focus
on steering. Maximum towing capacity is 6,500 pounds, and EPA estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/highway combined. Our pick in this lineup is the GX 460 Luxury as it comes standard with upgraded leather upholstery, power fold-flat third-row seats, a heated wood and leather steering wheel, three-zone automatic climate control, and navigation system with Lexus’ Enform infotainment system with Safety Connect telematics. While the GX is appointed the way you expect a Lexus to be, it can’t fully disguise its body-on-frame design. Ride control and handling balance are decidedly old school, especially when you compare it to modern seven-seat crossovers. The Lexus GX 460 is an interesting alternative to them, though, for those who want something upscale that’s a bit out of the ordinary.