Lexus is slowly revitalizing its product lineup, with the GS, new ES and RX being recent examples of worthwhile updates. But not all models are getting an immediate refresh. The 4Runner-based Lexus GX 460 midsize SUV is one of the models soldiering on into 2013 with no changes. The only change is to the bottom line, with the price of both the GX 460 and GX 460 Premium models going up by $200. With most competitors going to unibody platforms for all but their largest SUVs, the future of the GX beyond the next few years is uncertain, but the 301-hp V-8 powered midsize SUV has its fans.
The GX received a comprehensive makeover for the 2010 model year which included a new 4.6-liter, 301 hp V-8 replacing the previous model’s 235 hp 4.7-liter engine, and more refined styling. Lexus’ Enform multimedia interface also appeared with the 2010 model year. The 2011 GX 460 received Smart Stop technology that would cut engine power if the accelerator and brake were applied simultaneously.
The 2013 GS sedan and LX fullsize SUV both received the Enform AppSuite, but the GX 460 will not get the AppSuite initially, which includes apps that work with smartphones including iHeartRadio, OpenTable, MovieTickets.com and Pandora.
Including an $875 destination charge, the 2013 Lexus GX 460 starts at $54,120, with the Premium model going for $59,115.