The current generation of the GX looks like a mammoth when compared to other mid-size SUVs, but it still has a lot of things to offer. While pretty much all rivals have turned to a unibody platform, this one remains a real SUV and rides on a classic body-on-frame platform that is, unfortunately, really old and needs updates. It has been around since 2008 but the Japanese manufacturer doesn’t rush with the overhaul. Moreover, the 2021 Lexus GX 460 comes with a handful of updates only.
For the next year, the Japanese manufacturer has prepared nothing but a couple of updates in terms of standard equipment. There is a new (sub)trim level called Premium Plus, which slots between mid-range and range-topping variants and adds a couple of interesting things to the list of standard equipment. The rest of the SUV remains the same, including the powertrain. So, it’s no wonder that the 2021 Lexus GX 460 is coming in a typical time of year.
2021 Lexus GX 460 Redesign
When it comes to base design characteristics, the 2021 Lexus GX 460 continues in a familiar way. It uses the same overall design as the model that originally arrived more than 12 years ago. A good thing to know, if you like off-roading, is that this model rides on a genuine BoF platform. This model stands out for impressive off-road characteristics, though the on-road characteristics aren’t that bad at all. The ride is smooth, though it definitely can’t be compared with crossover rivals that handle much better in corners.
On the other side, there isn’t much to complain about the interior of this SUV. Yes, the infotainment system looks like Windows XP compared to modern software, but the overall cabin layout is actually pretty fine. We like the classic design of the cabin which has aged pretty well. Of course, rivals look far more modern and just a few of them can match Lexus’s excellent build quality.
When it comes to the interior space, the first row is very good, while the second is decent. On the other side, the third one is pretty tight and should be left for kids. The cargo area is also smaller compared to rivals.
As we’ve just mentioned, the biggest novelty for the 2021 Lexus GX 460 is the addition of a new Premium Plus trim, which adds a couple of goodies compared to the Premium model.
Still, the offer starts in a familiar way, with the base GX 460 model. This version comes standard with goodies like LED headlights, Lexus’ Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, keyless entry and ignition, simulated leather upholstery, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, four USB ports etc. The list of standard equipment also includes several safety features, including forwarding collision mitigation, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
The Premium is next in the line and it adds a couple of interesting things. Some of them are three-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, parking sensors, LED foglights, automatic windshield wipers etc.
The new Premium Plus trim adds goodies like a power-operated third-row of seats and a Mark Levinson premium stereo system.
Finally, there is the Luxury trim. This one adds goodies like self-leveling adaptive air suspension, heated wood-trimmed steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery, standard power-folding third row etc.
Of course, you may also count on numerous standalone options.
2021 Lexus GX 460 Engine
Things under the hood will certainly remain the same. The 2021 Lexus GX 460 will carry on with a good-old 4.6-liter V8. The engine isn’t particularly powerful, nor efficient. Still, this old-fashion approach definitely looks refreshing in the world of small-displacement turbocharged engines. You may count on about 300 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent to all wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission and we definitely like that V8 roar you won’t from other models in this segment.
On the other side, we definitely don’t like fuel economy, which is among the worsts in the segment. In numbers, you may count on about 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.
2021 Lexus GX 460 Release Date and Price
The 2021 Lexus GX 460 will arrive by the end of the year, with the starting price around 54.000 dollars. Key competitors will be models like Land Rover Defender, Land Rover Discovery and maybe some hi-grade versions of Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and new Ford Bronco.