The 2014 Lexus GX 460 has once again been detailed in a Toyota press release. While it's definitely not a Land Cruiser Prado, since it's as close as we can get in the US, is it close enough?
Other than styling and features, the GX is essentially the same as the 150 Series Prado (down to the right-hinged rear door), and many modifications and accessories designed for the Prado are compatible with the 460. What's more, the previous GX 470 model is quickly becoming a favorite for family-exploration when a V8 is a requirement. The TCT Magazine family hauler is an '07 GX and we have plenty of fun modifications planned.
So the question is despite the Lexus premium price, would a GX 460 be a good alternative for those looking for a family and off-road friendly rig with a V8? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
The Lexus GX was introduced to the North American market in 2002 as the GX 470. The original GX was based on the J120 (Land Cruiser Prado) platform, while the second generation is based on the J150 Land Cruiser Prado platform.
Upon introduction of the 5th Generation 4Runner in 2010, the GX became the only Toyota/Lexus mid-sized SUV available with a V8 engine. In fact, the V8 (4.7L/4.6L) is the only engine available in the GX in North America.
The Lexus LX was introduced in 1996 as Lexus’ first entry into the SUV market. Based almost completely on the Toyota Land Cruiser, the LX is a great full-sized vehicle that combines Lexus level luxury with Land Cruiser capability.
First Generation LX-450 / J80 (1996-1998)
Second Generation LX-470 / J100 (1998-2005)
Third Generation LX-570 / J200 (2006-Present)
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I began by exploring Michigan’s northern forest roads as a teenager, which led to my first Jeep Cherokee when I moved to Colorado Springs in the 90's.
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