2009 Lexus GX 470 review

Maybe I'm spoiled, but I like nice things. I especially like nice cars with rich leather seats, premium sound systems, powerful engines and super-cool features. These are some of the things that make this mama happy. One would assume that the 2009 Lexus GX 470 would fall right into the Things-I-Like category, but it left me scratching my head. I just don't understand who Lexus is targeting with the GX 470.

Several of its features make the GX seem like a throwback to the '80s. Yes, the GX has seats aplenty and luxuries galore, but there's nowhere to put my mommy gear. Folding the third row was a workout for both my upper body and my higher reasoning skills. Luxury is supposed to make things easier, right? Well, in the GX luxury seems a bit dated.

Driving the GX was easy, though. The ride was smooth as silk, and there was enough power to really tempt me. Its huge V-8 engine humbled hills; the full-time four-wheel drive left lesser cars in the dust. Its gas mileage was a reflection of that powerful engine, but really, it wasn't as bad as I expected with its EPA-estimated 14/18 mpg city/highway. Of course, I got 13 mpg in combined driving, but I was testing out the GX's abilities to pass uphill. That's not exactly economical driving. What's not so economical was the GX's recommended 91-octane premium gas. Oh well - luxury rarely comes cheap.

The ride in the GX was luxurious, too; it wasn't even slightly truckish. It was so smooth, in fact, that it seemed almost unconnected to the road. It was more like flying or floating than driving. Personally, I'd like a bit more feedback from the tires, but I can't really complain about an SUV being too smooth (well, I can, but...). There was some of that roly-poly feeling in the turns, which reminded me that I was in a large SUV, and maneuvering around parking lots was a bit of a trial.

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Maintenance requirements
To ensure safe and economical driving, day-to-day care and regular maintenance is essential. It is the owner’s responsibility to perform regular checks. Lexus recommends the following maintenance. ...

Cargo and luggage
Take notice of the following information about storage precautions, cargo capacity and load. l Stow cargo and luggage in the luggage compartment whenever possible. Be sure all items are secured in ...

Tires
Replace or rotate tires in accordance with maintenance schedules and treadwear. Checking tires 1. New tread. 2. Treadwear indicator. 3. Worn tread. The location of treadwear indicators is sho ...