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Eric's Autos: 2022 Lexus GX460

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"Jurassic Park" was all about resurrecting the dinosaurs -- but wouldn't it be better to just keep them from going extinct in the first place?

The Lexus GX460 is one such -- and is well worth preserving.

It's been around and largely unchanged since 2010, an automotive Jurassic era ago. Most cars -- and trucks and the rest -- get a major makeover after four years; it is almost unheard-of for a vehicle to go twelve years without one.

Unless, of course, they don't need one.

What It Is

The GX is a midsized, three-row luxury SUV that's based on the Toyota 4Runner.

 

It is a real SUV, too, not a "crossover" SUV. Body on frame construction. Solid rear axle. V8 engine and four-wheel drive, standard. There is no turbocharger. The transmission has only six speeds. There is no 48-volt starter/generator hybrid system to complicate things.

Which probably explains why so many people continue to buy these things.

The base trim stickers for $56,700. A top-of-the-line Luxury trim lists for $66,210.

You do not have to buy a higher trim to get the 4.6-liter V8 or 4WD with low-range gearing and the heavy-duty off-road underthings. All are standard in every GX.

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