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.
Hybrid system precautions
Take care when handling the hybrid system, as it contains a high voltage system (about 650V at maximum) as well as parts that become extremely hot when the hybrid system is operating. Obey the cauti ...
The power outlet can be used for 12 V accessories that run on less than 10 A. The power outlet can be used when The “ENGINE START STOP” switch is in ACCESSORY or IGNITION ON mode. NOTICE: To av ...
Outside rear view mirrors
Mirror angle can be adjusted using the switch. To select a mirror to adjust, press the switch. 1. Left. 2. Right. Pressing the same switch again will put the switch in neutral. To adjust th ...