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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
well-appointed and high-quality cabin
a remarkably comfortable and civilized travelmate
Kelley Blue Book
the second row seating [is] more inviting
This 2008 Lexus GX 470 offers reasonable comfort for a mid-size SUV.
Kelley Blue Book reports that the Lexus GX 470 has three rows; "the second-row 60/40-split bench seat has the headroom and legroom to handle three average-size adults." The "power-adjustable front seats provide good comfort and support"; however as with many vehicles reviewed by TheCarConnection.com, "significantly less space in all critical dimensions means the optional third-row 50/50-split seat might be best for children." Mother Proof is rather taken with "the second row seating," which is "more inviting" than those of similar SUVs.
Cars.com reports that the 2008 Lexus GX 470 has "seating for five is standard, but the [Lexus] GX 470 can seat up to eight when equipped with an optional third-row seat"--which Edmunds describes as "cramped." The reviewer at Mother Proof also points out that ingress and egress of the Lexus GX 470 is no easy thing, particularly for short adults and children. Very small children find it "impossible ... to step high enough to get in, even with the assistance of the running board."
Not all sources were enchanted with the Lexus 2008 GX 470's third row. Mother Proof said the first negative thing encountered was the "strange mechanics with the third row seating configuration." What the test driver reports here that Edmunds does not is that the third-row seats do not, in fact, fold downward into the floor, but up along the sides of the cabin, where they "hang," taking up a significant amount of the 78 cubic feet of valuable cargo space.
Edmunds goes on to point out that "curbside loading of the cargo area can be awkward due to the GX's side-hinged rear door that blocks access when opened." The cargo space of this 2008 Lexus can be increased by removing the third row, according to Kelley Blue Book.
Despite its criticism of this 2008 Lexus's lack of room, Edmunds praises the interior materials, describing these as "well-appointed and high-quality." Kelley Blue Book also comments favorably on the "well-isolated cabin...awash in supple leather and tastefully polished wood." In terms of quietness, Cars.com says that other than a "slight driveline drone, the GX 470 is quiet." According to ConsumerGuide, however, the Lexus GX 470's engine "rises to a muted growl in full acceleration," and wind noise becomes apparent at speeds in excess of 55 mph.
The 2008 Lexus GX 470 has a high-quality interior with a dysfunctional third-row seat.