Site Registration | Find a Copy | Event Calendar | Site Map
The Voice of the Black Community
Delhaize Food Lion
My business story

We’re in the business of telling the Queen City story with an African-American perspective.www.thecharlottepost.com

Posted by The Charlotte Post on Monday, March 7, 2016

Life and Religion

Car Review: 2014 Lexus GX 460
A luxury SUV with features that make price seem reasonable
Published Monday, July 28, 2014
by Frank S. Washington, NNPA

The Lexus GX 460 is a full-size sports utility vehicle with features and comforts galore. It performs well off-road as well as in normal driving conditions. 

DETROIT – The Lexus GX 460 pulls double duty as a luxurious on-road sport utility with full off road capability. Almost as big as a full-size sport utility, the test vehicle was equipped with three rows of seats.

The third row would power fold away creating a flat-floored cargo space while the second row seats were both heated and cooled. So were the front seats. The maximum cargo space in the sport-utility was 64.7 cubic feet.

For 2014, the GX 460 received the Lexus spindle grille, an eight-inch touch screen display screen with real time traffic and weather, full-time four-wheel-drive with center differential and a bunch of off-road chassis control systems. The on-road performance was impressive.

Powered by a 4.6-liter V8 that made 301 horsepower and 328 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm, the 2014 had some pep. But at 5,340 pounds, it wasn’t creating a bunch of G-force. Still, the SUV had a good bit of towing power, the maximum being 6,500 pounds.

Even though the Lexus GX 460 featured body on frame construction, there wasn’t a lot of body roll when turning. Lexus said that was because of its standard “Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System” that omitted the need for stiffer springs and dampers.

On road features also included ride selection of normal, sport or comfort with an adaptable variable suspension system that electronically controlled the dampers. For this test drive, the vehicle stayed in normal most of the time.

One thing was missing; a lane change signal. When driving more than two and a half tons of vehicle, the more attention focused on the road and the less on the turn signal the better.

We didn’t get the chance to go sloshing through the woods with the 2014 Lexus GX 460 but it came ready for the task. Its full-time, all-wheel-drive system distributed power 40-60 to the rear wheels during normal driving conditions but it could change the ratio based on wheel slippage.

It had a low range for off road driving and the center differential could be electronically locked. That was supplemented with the optional crawl control, downhill assist control; active traction control provided the traction benefits of having locking front and rear differentials, and vehicle stability control.

For serious off-roading, a steering angle indicator in the instrument gauge panel showed the driver which direction the front wheels were pointing, which as any off-roader knows is useful for situations where this can be difficult to discern.

Through curves the system could change the torque split to 30-70 rear-wheel biased and it could set distribute torque 50-50 to help control slippage. All of that was done automatically depending on the grip of the wheels.

The 2014 Lexus GX 460 Luxury had creature comforts galore, including a 17-speaker 330 watt Mark Levinson sound system. There was a backup camera with cross traffic alert and intuitive parking assist, satellite radio, a smart key, power reclining second row seats, a heated mahogany steering wheel, LED headlights and more.

It had so many features wrapped in an elegant package that $62,770 as tested for the 2014 Lexus GX 460 seemed reasonable.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com


Leave a Comment

Send this page to a friend

Upcoming Events

read all

Art & Music Workshops by Guerilla Poets

Art & Music Workshops by Guerilla Poets 11am


Hammonds House Museum Launches 30th Anniversary Season with Carrie Mae Weems Exhibition

Hammonds House Museum launches its 30th


'A Sign Of The Times' 2018 Diggin' Black History thru Music, Dance and Spoken Word

'A Sign Of The Times' 2018 'Diggin Black History

Latest News

read all

$1M endowed scholarship fund honors former Livingstone leader

Shipman family pledges major award

Charlotte author and illustrator take the ‘Crown’ with book honors

Derrick Barnes, Gordon James earn Keats Awards

Activists want law enforcement held to account on uprising response

SAFE Coalition chides report on CMPD rules