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2003 Lexus GX470
2004 Lexus GX470
2005 Lexus GX470
Lexus GX470 interior
The GX 470 is roomier than an Infiniti FX or BMW’s X5, though not as sporty. More modern than the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, it’s no larger inside. The quality and red-carpet dealer service associated with the Lexus brand help this embellished 4Runner compete in the luxury SUV field. Still, car-based rivals such as the Acura MDX and Lexus’ own RX 330 are more sensible choices overall.
Lexus added a third luxury sport-utility vehicle for 2003, to fill the gap between its car-based RX 300 and truck-type LX 470. The GX 470 shared a new body-on-frame design with the redesigned 2003 4Runner from parent company Toyota. Its V8 and five-speed automatic transmission also were found in the 4Runner, as well as the 2003 LX 470. So was the standard all-wheel-drive system, with low-range gearing and a locking center differential.
Unique to the GX was Lexus’s new Downhill Assist Control, which automatically applied the brakes to limit speed down steep grades. Also included was Hill-start Ascent Control, which could hold the vehicle in place on an incline for five seconds.
Standard features included 17-inch wheels, antilock four-wheel disc brakes with full-power assist, and an antiskid/traction control system. In addition to front torso side airbags, the GX 470 had curtain side airbags for the first two seating rows. Also included were a self-leveling rear air suspension, height-adjustable suspension, and automatic shock-absorber control within four driver-selectable modes.
Further imitating big-brother LX were standard leather upholstery, automatic climate control, an in-dash CD changer, driver-seat memory system, and lighted running boards. Unlike 4Runner, the GX 470 offered a third-row bench seat for up to eight-passenger capacity, the same as the LX. The GX had a swing-open tailgate with fixed glass, versus the 4Runner’s liftgate with power-opening window.
Options included a navigation system, premium Mark Levinson audio, heated front seats, rear air conditioning, and a rear DVD entertainment system. A sunroof and rain-sensing windshield wipers also were available. Maximum towing capacity was 5000 pounds (6500 with the optional towing package). GX rivals included the Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX, and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
|2004 GX 470
As the 2004 model year opened, the GX 470 stood pat, until several new features appeared early in the calendar year. A tire-pressure monitor joined the standard-equipment list at midseason, along with a roll-detection sensor for the head-protecting first- and second-row curtain side airbags.
Also at midyear, Lexus’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension became optional. It used sensor-activated electro-hydraulic couplings that temporarily “released” the antiroll bars as needed to improve comfort and stability on rough surfaces. Starting at midseason, the optional navigation screen also served as a monitor that displayed a rear view when Reverse gear was selected.
|2005 GX 470
More power marked the 2005 model, as the V6 engine gained 35 horsepower. Hill ascent/descent control was designed to maintain a slow, steady speed on steep grades.
|2006 GX 470
New for 2006 was optional Digital Lexus Link assistance/concierge service.
|2007 GX 470
GX 470 carried over unchanged.
|2008 GX 470
The 2008 Lexus GX 470 was largely unchanged.
|2009 GX 470
Once again, the GX 470 saw few changes.