The epitome of luxury and off-road ability for Toyota is called Lexus, and it is one of the most reliable brands in the world.
And it’s offering a vehicle that will look good either into a mall parking-lot or somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. But basically, the car’s shape has been the same since 2009 and only a few external details have been changed.
The engine offered is a 4.6-liter V8 with 301 hp and 329 lb-ft (446 Nm) of torque. It is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, the same as before. For the all-wheel-drive system, Lexus uses a Torsen center differential with a fixed 40-60% ratio under most driving condition, but can redistribute the torque depending on the wheel slip. It can be locked manually to a 50-50% ratio. For the off-road mode, the car has a two-speed transfer case, with hi-low gears.
For the infotainment sector, the Lexus GX460 has a lot of cameras, which can show everything around and, as a premiere, bellow the car. The driver can activate a camera to see what’s underneath, and where are the wheels. Good luck on a muddy track!
The infotainment system allows a connection with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa and can lock or unlock the doors, start the engine and control the climate inside the vehicles. All these are available through a smartphone. As expected, the system can be connected via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.