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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
the GX hides its ruggedness under a veneer of civility and opulence.
Car and Driver
ride quality is super smooth
“Like a proper Lexus, the GX 460 operates in virtual silence.”
“off-road, it absorbed bumps and ruts like a seasoned pro.
The 2010 GX has a nice, high seating position in front—so much so that at least looking ahead and to the side you don't feel that the beltline is so tall. The front seats and driving position in the GX 460 remind us why so many drivers were won over by SUVs in the past decade. Seating in the GX 460 is superb in front, with nicely padded seats affording plenty of support plus good headroom and legroom and a general feeling of spaciousness. The second row of seating in the GX 450 is split and slides fore and aft more than a foot in all so that third-row occupants can get in and out more easily, and so that second- and third-row passengers can compromise for the best allocation of legroom. The back row is also split, with an all-new design that should be more convenient for occasional third-row users; the sections are electrically operated and can be brought up or down in a half-minute or so by holding down a button just inside the side-opening rear hatch. The upside of this new design, aside from the handy power deployment, is that it's actually doable for adults for short stints—if you're willing to accept a seating position that places your knees up near your chest. But there's also a big downside to the new design: While the third row in the old GX could be removed, making the GX feel more like a vehicle that was retrofitted with the power third-row arrangement on a budget, from an existing vehicle, than an all-new one. There's very little cargo space behind the third row when it's up.
Overall, we're pleased with the look and feel of the interior appointments. The GX has more unique interior pieces than ever before. The controls felt better designed and less cluttered than those in Lexus cars, and we loved the redesigned steering-wheel controls and nice, legible gauge layout and cleanly laid-out center-stack for audio, climate, and nav functions. The only odd thing is the sliding panel that partially covers audio controls.
Autoblog: “Somehow Lexus managed to improve legroom for both the second and third row, despite the fact that most other interior dimensions are slightly smaller.”
Car and Driver: "Sure, there’s some button overload up front, with numerous controls on the steering wheel and a peppering of suspension and four-wheel-drive switches on the center console, but the GX is well appointed."
ConsumerGuide: "The 2nd-row seats slide fore and aft to favor passenger or cargo space, and may be folded to create a flat load floor."
MotorWeek: "Lexus took legroom from the second row and added it to the third row. Still, the 50/50 power split bench is only fit for children."
Popular Mechanics: “The front seats couldn't possibly be better shaped or more comfortable.”
Edmunds: “The power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel helps drivers of all sizes find an agreeable position.”
Edmunds: “Out back, the standard power third-row seats can accommodate a pair of smaller adults or a couple of kids.”
ConsumerGuide: "Small door openings can make for awkward entry and exit."
MotorWeek: "Luxurious, with plenty of wood and leather, yet still rather serious. The steering wheel and dash are vaguely truck-like yet also attractive."
Motor Trend: "the problem with this style of door is that when the vehicle is parked by a curb and someone is unloading gear, they have to walk all the way around the open door (and closer to traffic)."
Motor Trend: "It doesn't have the same level of ride comfort as a crossover…and you will feel some bumps here and there."
Motor Trend: "The second row can manually slide to make it easier to get into or out of the third row; it also reclines and folds and heated seats are optional."
Motor Trend: "legroom has improved in the second row"
ConsumerGuide: "Big electro-luminescent gauges are easy to read"
Autoblog: “The fact that this second-generation luxury SUV still lacks a proper swing up rear hatch seems inexcusable”
ConsumerGuide: "swing-out rear door opens from the driver's side, which can complicate curbside access"
MotherProof: "Talk about fully loaded! The 2010 GX 460 is chock-full of safety features, including front knee airbags, side-impact airbags for the first and second rows, and side curtain airbags for all three rows."
Car and Driver: "the GX’s ride is more trucky and firm than that of most car-based crossovers."
MotorWeek: "Ride is indeed more truck than car-like, but it should be."
Autoblog: “The cabin is quiet even when matting the throttle to the floor”
Car and Driver: "the cabin is a hush-hush environment ,and fit and finish is first-rate, save for the faux metal trim on the dash"
Edmunds: “The cabin is as sumptuous as ever, with high-quality materials everywhere you look and touch along with generous helpings of wood and metallic trim.”
ConsumerGuide: "excellent fit and finish, with mostly top-notch materials and plenty of soft-touch surfaces"
The well-appointed interior in the GX 460 offers pleasant materials with plenty of space for the first two rows; cargo space is downright disappointing, though.