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2021 Lexus GX 460 Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG, And Performance

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John Bedrow

Automotive Journalist

August 26, 2020 at 09:04 AM

The Lexus GX460 is based on the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and promises to be a blend of luxury and the best off-road capabilities offered in this segment. But Lexus has failed to update this platform and give it the attention it deserves, as a result, it is dying a slow death under its competition’s shadow.

Toyota’s luxury division Lexus has announced its 2021 GX 460, this has been one of the oldest works of Lexus and has spent more than a decade in the lineup. The GX 460 has been the most successful SUV for Lexus in the Asian market but performed just okay in the American market. Lexus GX 460 suffered due to its fuel economy and was termed a thirsty SUV.

The GX 460 has an outdated yet powerful engine, the 4.6-liter V8 engine produces over 300hp and 329 lb-ft of torque, GX 460 is more suited as an off-road car than for a luxury car. The rugged design of GX 460 compels it to give better performance on uneven surfaces.

What’s New with the 2021 Lexus GX 460?

The 2021 version of GX 460 is expected to hit the market with some exterior and interior changes, although it is not yet confirmed by the automaker. GX 460 has been carrying the same stuff for more than 5 years and some changes are expected to at least survive in the market.

What’s the Expected Price and Release Date of the 2021 Lexus GX 460?

Lexus has still put a cover on the release date of 2021 GX 460, but it is sure that it will be released after Lexus IS hits the market. The price of GX 460 is likely to fall under the 55 grand mark.

What to Expect in the engine department of the 2021 Lexus GX 460?

Lexus hasn’t changed or upgraded GX 460’s engine and it’s the same 4.6-liter V8 engine producing 300hp and 329 lb-ft of torque. It is twinned with 6-speed automatic transmission and is offered with 4-wheel drive. The engine is outdated but it is powerful and due to which the SUV is well suited for off roads. 

As the engine is outdated the car is unknown to stuff like turbochargers which increase the efficiency as well as the performance of the car and moreover the engine demands premium gasoline which does not seem to be pocket friendly with the mileage in which the car offers.

Models

2021 Lexus GX 460 (Expected)

BMW X5 sDrive40i

Audi Q7

Infiniti QX80

MSRP

$55,000 (estd.)

$58,900

$59,950

$66,750

Engine

4.6L Premium V8

3.0L Premium Inline Six-Cylinder

3.0L Premium V6

5.6L Premium V8

Drivetrain

4WD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-speed automatic

Power

301 hp @ 5,500 rpm

335 hp @ 5,500 rpm

329 hp @ 5,500 rpm

400 hp @ 5,800 rpm

Torque

329 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

325 lb-ft @ 2,900 rpm

413 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 (seconds)

7.4

7.1

7.1

7.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.4

15.2

15.3

14.9

The GX 460 is indeed a powerful SUV and the true power can be felt on off-road, its rugged design and 8.1 inches of ground clearance enhance its capabilities.

The 0-60mph timing of GX 460 is satisfying and good when compared to the rivals although Q7 and X5 give better timing than GX 460. The quarter-mile timings also depict the same story GX 460 being the slowest and Infiniti being the fastest. The timings can be easily improved if the engine is improved or upgraded.

How will the 2021 Lexus GX 460 handle?

This is where Lexus lacks, GX 460 has faced many allegations due to its poor handling and ride quality. The car handles well while off-roading but needs improvement on roads. The Steering feedback is not proper and due to which the driver has to put a lot of effort while driving. 

The suspensions are well placed and absorb all the shocks so that the jerks don’t enter the cabin and being a good option for off roads this is a must. If we talk about the ride quality of GX 460 it is okay but not as expected from a luxury car although the cabin is silent and jerk proof but still the smoothness goes missing directly hampering the ride quality.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Lexus GX 460 return?

The exact figures are not available for the 2021 version as it is not out yet but, the specs are the same as the 2020 version so we can easily speculate the capability of 2021 GX 460. 

As mentioned earlier GX 460 is a thirsty SUV, it offers 15mpg in cities and 19mpg on highways which is quite low for a car in this segment. Additionally, the requirement of premium unleaded gasoline digs a hole in your pocket.

Models

2021 Lexus GX 460 (Expected)

2020 BMW X5 sDrive40i

2020 Audi Q7

2020 Infiniti QX80

MPG (City)

15

21

19

13

MPG (Highway)

19

26

25

19

MPG (Combined)

16

23

21

15

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

23

21.9 

22.5 

26.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

345/437/368

460/569/503 

428/563/472 

338.0/494.0/390.0 

The stats are crystal clear, BMW X5 being the most fuel-efficient as usual followed by Audi Q7 and then by GX 460. 

Although GX 460 is not the most consuming SUV as Infiniti beats with a combined mileage of 15, the fuel efficiency of GX 460 is vulnerable and requires serious engine upgrade to improve its efficiency and at least be comparable with rivals like Audi and BMW. The range of GX 460 is better due to a large fuel tank that stores 23 gallons of premium fuel to quench the thirst of the beast.

What to expect from 2021 Lexus GX 460’s interior?

Interior is what makes a luxury car luxurious but I guess Lexus does not know this simple fact, just a fun fact Lexus GX 460 received interior redesign back in 2010 i.e. just a decade ago. The interior survives on the mixture of leather, wood, and with a lot of hard plastics for cost-cutting. The best thing about the cabin is soundproof even at high speeds and while offroading.

Talking about the room, well it’s like 50-50, spacious and also at the same time not spacious. The front row is comfortable with lots of legroom and headroom, but as we go behind on the second row the things are different, one feels cramped while sitting on the second row as legroom is limited, and in short you can term the third row “exclusively for kids” as the seats don’t even have minimum room for a person to sit.

Models

2021 Lexus GX 460 (Expected)

2020 BMW X5 sDrive40i

2020 Audi Q7

2020 Infiniti QX80

Seating Capacity

7

5

7

7

First Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.0/55.4/41.7

40.7/60.0/39.4

39.9/59.5/41.7

39.9/63.8/39.6

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.4/57.3/34.1

38.7/58.1/37.4

38.8/58.5/38.8

40.0/63.5/41.0

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)

11.6

33.9

14.9

16.6

The room provided by GX 460 can be easily judged through the figures, but the most shocking thing is the cargo capacity which is one of the lowest in the segment. BMW X5 is out of comparison as the cargo space is almost 3 times than GX 460, but it is due to the absence of the third row. Apart from X5 QX 80 comes with 16.6 cubic-feet of space, GX 460 again falling short with 11.6 cubic-feet of space. When all the seats are folded, Lexus steals the show with 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space which is a good amount of space.

Some of the key interior features are as follows: 

  • Second-Row Captain’s Chair
  • 10-way power front seats
  • Reclining, sliding, 60/40-split second-row seat
  • Lexus Memory System
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and Ventilated Seating
  • Three-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls
  • Power Moonroof

2021 Lexus GX 460: Infotainment System and Connectivity

Lexus GX 460 needs a serious upgrade in this section as in the others, it’s hard to believe that a 2021 car does not support Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Don’t panic as Lexus has its own software through which you can connect your smartphone and smartwatch, it also serves you with voice assistant services like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri.

Coming to the heart of the Infotainment system, GX 460 offers you an 8-inch touchscreen enabled with Bluetooth and navigation. The infotainment system is paired with a 9-speaker audio system but you also have an option of the 17-speaker audio system and rear-seat entertainment system.

Some of the key tech features are as follows:

  • 8-inch touch screen display
  • 9 speaker audio system
  • Inbuilt navigation system
  • Supports Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Smartphone Connectivity

How does the 2021 Lexus GX 460 look from outside?

Lexus GX 460 looks the same as it was a decade ago, the headlamps and front grille is the only change with which Lexus has come up in 10 years basically, it is just an old SUV behind Chrome grille.

It is expected that the 2021 GX 460 will get new spindle and headlight design although a full revamp is needed Lexus is in no mood for it for more than a decade so let’s just expect this much and wait for 2022. The rugged design of GX 460 is still loved by many off-roaders and due to which it still manages to book a spot in the top off-roaders list.

Models

2021 Lexus GX 460 (Expected)

2020 BMW X5 sDrive40i

2020 Audi Q7

2020 Infiniti QX80

Curb Weight (lbs)

5126 

4758 

4927 

5926 

Length (inches)

192.1

194.3

199.6

210.2

Width (inches)

74.2

78.9

77.5

79.9

Height (inches)

74.2

68.7

68.5

75.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.1

8.7

8.1

9.2

Wheelbase (inches)

109.8

117.1

117.9

121.1

The Lexus GX 460 is a bit on a heavier side then BMW and Audi, Dimensionally GX 460 is a bit compact specifically the short wheelbase makes it incompetent. Comparing GX 460 with BMW or Audi or even with QX 80 it is clear that Lexus needs to redesign its decade-old SUV, be it length or width it does not cope up with its rivals indirectly affecting the room inside the cabin.

Will the 2021 Lexus GX 460 worth your time and money?

The answer is NO and the reason is well known to everyone, in the above-mentioned research there was no single parameter where Lexus stood out and guided the segment. GX 460’s engine is very outdated and needs to be upgraded with turbochargers and other stuff, the mileage offered is below average, and the interior is neither comfortable nor pleasant due to inferior and outdated materials. To sum up, in simple words Lexus GX 460 is outdated. You can have Audi Q7, BMW X5, Infiniti QX 80 which offer you latest technology and better features so why to waste money on outdated stuff, and still if you want to buy GX 460 then why to go for brand new, used ones are always available in the market at cheaper prices.The 2021 Lexus GX 460 continues to be a superior off-roader and for the enthusiasts who would like to make the best out of its capabilities, we recommend getting a good used model with low miles as its identical to the outgoing version.

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