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The Big Ol’ V-8 engine is really big and old

 

2022 Lexus GX460 | Photo from Cars.com by Christian Lantry

Under the hood of the GX is an engine that always seems to be under the hood:

a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8.

Even though it’s a V-8, its power numbers are modest — 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque — and it dwarfs the GX’s 5,100-plus pounds.

The V-8 is welcomed, along with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.

In Lexus and the parent automaker Toyota increasingly forced induction motors, however, a large, naturally aspirated V-8 like this is not as long for this world.

The number of miles the GX can go on one tank of (premium) gas is not far for this world: the GX has an economy rating of 15/19/16 mpg city/highway/combined EPA.

Even with a 23-gallon fuel tank, that translates to a range of less than 450 miles.

Those numbers are in this class, though, as the V-8 powered Jeep Grand Cherokee L and Land Rover Defender 110 are rated similarly, at 17 and 16 mpg combined, respectively. .

That said, both of these SUVs are more powerful than the GX.

 

The GX’s V-8 is perhaps one of the most powerful V-8s still sold today.

The LX 600 got a turbocharged V6 in its recent redesign, and it looks like it’s time for the GX to go the forced-revving route.

The GX 460’s maximum towing capacity is 6,500 pounds and it comes with trailer sway control.

With that towing capability, a trailer brake controller can be a good idea (of course, if you tow and your trailer has its own brakes, it’s still a good idea), but the GX has no control panel.

If you want one, you have to go to the second market.

 

Driving is very stable

The GX may not be very powerful, but it makes up for that with off-road ability.

An optional off-road package adds additional underpass protection, an upgraded camera system, a ground control system, and proximity control (basically a low-speed cruise control).

Even without all that, the GX still has a lot to offer, including a great ride, more than 8 inches of ground clearance, permanent all-wheel drive, and limited-edition gear.

limit, two items – an electronic locking box in the middle. separate. Although it doesn’t have the All-Terrain package, our tester made short work of heavy snow during our ride, and the standard suspension is fine; Nausea and vomiting do not bother him.

The more affordable GX model can have adjustable suspension allowing drivers to choose between normal, sport and comfort settings.

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