The good news is that if you have always wanted a new GX 460, now is your time to pounce. The sticker runs about $66,000 for all the luxury, bells and whistles, but now in the fall of 2015, you can find some dealer closeouts for a little over $50,000. This car has everything, as you would expect. Blind spot monitor, telescopic steering wheel … all the stuff that should come with a hefty price tag.
The bad news is that, wow, for the money, you would IMHO be better off with the more affordable Lexus RX. Unless you really need big and imposing (and some nights, that’s exactly what I want), the RX is much gayer than the GX. Did that make sense? Heck, even a Porsche SUV can come in cheaper and offer more luxury and power.
Okay, okay, that may be a little harsh. For starters, this was a fun car to drive. When you are in the driver’s seat of the GX 460, you are sitting high above everyone else. That can be fun, but like many kings and queens have noted, managing a kingdom can be challenging, even from your heated/cooled adjustable throne.
Often while driving this behemoth, I felt like I was trying to maneuver a Mac truck. For example, when you hit the accelerator, there is a bit of a delay, and that’s because you are hauling some 5,000 pounds – and that’s just to get out of your garage. And like a Mac Truck, you can’t just hit the brakes and expect to stop. I often found myself having to be very careful when I stopped and accelerated, as I just wasn’t sure how the car was going to react. Sure, that’s common in big luxury SUVs, but I still found it a little problematic. At least with a date, when you give it gas, the reaction may be bad but not costly.
I also had concerns about the largess of the GX 460. Sure, I sat high above it all, and that saved my insurance premium from going up because I could clearly see how I was not going to fit into a petite or Junior Miss parking space. Normally, I am a size queen, but in the city, having such largess can be problematic, especially when just a little gas (and boy, did I use gas) can cause you to spring forward into the little Scion that is parked in front of you.
First, let me say thank you to Jessica and Melissa for getting me this King Kong to drive around. That said, I much prefer the Lexus RX, a cheaper and IMHO better SUV than the GX. I’m not really sure what to think of the GX, but I would suggest that if you indeed have assets and not necessarily care for largess, try out the 2015 or 2016 RX.
I just tested the 2016 RX and, Man-O-Manischewitz, this car has everything, namely this new cruise control feature where it literally keeps you a predetermined distance from the car in front of you while driving, even when you stop paying attention. Everything on it was so intuitive. I just loved it, and I will be sharing my thoughts in an upcoming review, so stay tuned.
We here at gaywheels.com just want you to get a really good bang for your buck or other uck. Again, I love the people at Lexus but I, as your fairy godmother, would advise you to look at the new 2016 RX and save some money for rent or your higher education …..
… something that may, over time, really give you gas and bloating.