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STYLING | 6 out of 10
doesn't look like it wants to get dirty, ever
classic SUV styling
"Gated community cruiser" seems like a more believable slogan.
Edmunds' Inside Line
more sculpted, more muscular
slightly more chunky appearing, especially in the more prominent rear haunches
The 2012 Lexus GX 460 is in many ways a throwback to the look and feel of luxury SUVs a decade ago. But take a closer look, and you'll find that it's thoroughly modern in the details.
From the front, the likeness with Lexus cars is obvious, with a similar chromed grille flanked by rather large headlamps. In back, the GX has a clean, uncluttered look, mainly thanks to the narrow vertical taillamps and a new wiper design that's hidden under the roof spoiler. Alongside, the GX looks the most 'trucky,' because of its carved-out fenders and very tall, imposing beltline.
While the GX 460 is based on the brawny-looking 4Runner, it's more of a wallflower, overall. Lexus has blended the gentle, organic, and aerodynamic styling of recent Lexus L-Finesse designs with a "machined steel bar" theme, giving it a more sculpted, solid (but simple and straightforward) look that separates it from the cars and crossovers.
"Tough premium" is the way that Lexus refers to the interior, in which they've combined the expected chunky trim and bulkier door handles with soft, luxurious materials. The instrument-panel design is quite upright and has a horizontal-bar theme running its length--assuring a sense of toughness--although inside, the look and layout are a somewhat more upright version of other Lexus cabins.
Inside and out, the 2012 Lexus GX 460 looks macho yet understated and conservative.