2018 Lexus GX 460
2018 Lexus GX 460 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which GX 460 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
Evaluated in isolation, the 2018 Lexus GX 460 will probably wow you with its luxury-lined cabin, expansive features and smooth on-road ride. The trouble is that it has a rather dated design with diminishing appeal. In comparison, virtually every one of the GX 460's three-row luxury SUV rivals offers superior driving manners, interior space, power and fuel economy. They have even more features and are even more comfortable.
Of course, there are still some things to like about the GX 460, including its rugged, trucklike construction, commanding driving position, and the latest and greatest off-roading hardware Lexus has to offer. It should be able to take you wherever you want to go. Unfortunately, the aggressive new Lexus styling applied to the GX a few years ago took its toll on its approach angle and ground clearance.
As a result, the GX has less clearance than a Volvo XC90 — a vehicle that otherwise has nowhere near the GX's four-wheel-drive capabilities. At the same time, its trucklike construction significantly reduces its interior space and cargo-carrying versatility. The GX even retains an old-school swing-out tailgate that opens toward the curb.
In the end, there's just not enough to the 2018 Lexus GX 460 to warrant a recommendation. It's compromised no matter how you look at it.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Lexus GX 460 is a large three-row SUV using traditional body-on-frame construction. It seats seven people standard. Available second-row captain's chairs reduce capacity to six. There are base and Luxury trim levels available. Both come with a 4.6-liter V8 engine (301 horsepower, 329 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
Standard equipment on the base trim includes 18-inch wheels, a full-size spare tire, LED headlights, running boards, a flip-up rear window within the swing-out tailgate, roof rails, Lexus' Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (improves off-road traction), a sunroof, a rearview camera, and keyless ignition and entry.
Inside, you'll find dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering column, a 40/20/40-split second-row seat (sliding, reclining, folding) and a 50/50-split folding third-row seat. Infotainment features include Lexus Enform emergency and remote vehicle services, an 8-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite and HD radio.
Stand-alone options include a blind-spot monitoring system (with rear cross-traffic alert), LED foglights, automatic wipers, a windshield de-icer, heated and ventilated front seats and a navigation system. The Premium package bundles most of those stand-alone options (minus blind-spot monitoring) and further adds parking sensors, heated second-row seats, leather upholstery and three-zone climate control. You can also add second-row captain's chairs.
The GX 460 Luxury comes with all of the above as standard plus an adaptive and auto-leveling suspension, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, headlight washers, a heated wood-trimmed steering wheel, a rear cargo cover, the second-row captain's chairs and upgraded leather upholstery.
Only the Luxury model can be enhanced with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a two-screen rear seat entertainment system, and the Driver Support package, which adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic braking, front- and side-view cameras, a driver inattention monitoring system, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, crawl control (an off-road, low-speed cruise control system) and the Mark Levinson sound system.
The Sport Design package adds special styling elements to the Premium or Luxury models.
Noise & vibration5
Ease of use4.5
Getting in/getting out4
Child safety seat accommodation3
Audio & navigation3.5
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite GX 460 safety features:
- Lane Departure Alert
- Warns you when you begin drifting out of your lane.
- Pre-Collision System
- Warns you about stopped or suddenly slowing vehicles ahead, then helps you apply full braking force or applies the brakes for you.
- Driver Attention Monitor
- Studies your actions behind the wheel to determine whether you're acting drowsy or distracted, then warns you accordingly.
2018 Lexus GX 460 for Sale
The 2018 Lexus GX 460 is one of very few luxury SUVs designed for rugged off-road use. It can handle extreme family motoring thanks to durable body-on-frame construction, a V8 engine, an off-road-ready four-wheel-drive system and three rows of seats. But there are problems with Lexus' approach.
For starters, the GX's styling and big running boards are intended to bolster its luxury and family credentials, but they also significantly reduce ground clearance and approach angles. All the ruggedness and off-road tech in the world won't help if you keep scraping the body on things.
At the same time, the GX's traditional design reduces its effectiveness as a daily-use SUV. Its poor fuel economy, slow acceleration, ponderous handling, dated cabin and a lack of advanced driver-assistance features in lower-trim models stand in sharp contrast to crossover models (including those sold by Lexus). There are other vehicles with similar capabilities — not many, but they are out there — and not all are saddled with these shortcomings.
Lexus is a whiz when it comes to leather and wood, and the GX 460's interior is warm and luxurious. But it also seems a bit behind the times, with an old-school feeling to the control layout. Though the front seats are comfortable, the second row is less so and the third row is only suited for small children. The GX 460 offers less cargo space than its rivals, and the tailgate is hinged on the passenger side, making curbside loading difficult (at least in countries where we drive on the right side of the road). That said, a top-hinged rear window does make it easy to drop in groceries and carry long items like surfboards.
The GX 460's 4.6-liter V8 produces 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque, and it comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case. The GX 460 can tow up to 6,500 pounds and its off-road performance is better than most, but again, such abilities come at the cost of on-road manners. Steering and brakes are slower to respond than in a crossover, and big as the engine is, it has to work its oil pan off to get the 5,200-pound GX up to highway speeds. It's no surprise then that the EPA fuel economy rating is unimpressive at just 16 mpg combined.
Lexus offers the GX 460 in two trim levels: base and Luxury. Base is a poor name since this version is very well-equipped, though some luxury nice-to-haves come only in option bundles. The Luxury model is well worth having, not only for its extra creature comforts but also for its auto-leveling rear air springs. Those help smooth out the ride a bit, but the GX is always going to jostle you around more than crossover rivals.
If you're shopping for this go-anywhere SUV, though, Edmunds can help find the perfect 2018 Lexus GX 460 for you.
2018 Lexus GX 460 Overview
The 2018 Lexus GX 460 is offered in the following submodels: GX 460 SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), and Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Lexus GX 460?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Lexus GX 460 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 GX 460 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 GX 460.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Lexus GX 460?
2018 Lexus GX 460 Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
The 2018 Lexus GX 460 Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $65,670. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus GX 460 Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A) is trending $8,414 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $8,414 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$57,256.
The average savings for the 2018 Lexus GX 460 Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A) is12.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Lexus GX 460 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
The 2018 Lexus GX 460 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $53,150. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus GX 460 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A) is trending $7,975 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,975 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$45,175.
The average savings for the 2018 Lexus GX 460 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A) is15% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 37 2018 Lexus GX 460 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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