2012 Lexus GX 460

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Lexus GX 460. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Off-road potential
  • Many standard features
  • Towing capability

The Bad

  • Gas mileage
  • Premium fuel required

Notable Features of the 2012 Lexus GX 460

  • Seats seven
  • 10 airbags standard
  • Full-time 4WD
  • Optional Pre-Collision System

2012 Lexus GX 460 Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The seven-seat GX 460 is Lexus' midsize truck-based SUV. The luxury vehicle features a V-8 engine, and it competes against models like the Land Rover LR4 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

New for 2012
Minor changes include new bodyside molding for the base model, storage bin and cupholder lighting and a temperature readout incorporated into the multi-information display.


Exterior
The GX 460 has a tall stance, and its body sides are accented by large front and rear fender flares. Its face has an uncanny resemblance to Subaru's Outback wagon, thanks to similar headlights. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Rear window can be opened independently of the gate


Interior
Seven-person seating in three rows is standard. The second-row bench seat can slide forward and backward for optimal legroom, and the seat's backrest also reclines. When more cargo room is needed, the standard power-folding third row folds flat with the floor.

The cabin features a symmetrical dashboard design with a large center control panel finished in silver-colored trim. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather seat trim
  • Standard heated and ventilated power front seats
  • Standard moonroof
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional Mark Levinson stereo
  • Optional backseat entertainment system


Under the Hood
The GX's 4.6-liter V-8 makes 301 horsepower and 329 pounds-feet of torque and teams with a six-speed automatic transmission. The full-time four-wheel-drive system incorpora...

Vehicle Overview

The seven-seat GX 460 is Lexus' midsize truck-based SUV. The luxury vehicle features a V-8 engine, and it competes against models like the Land Rover LR4 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

New for 2012
Minor changes include new bodyside molding for the base model, storage bin and cupholder lighting and a temperature readout incorporated into the multi-information display.


Exterior
The GX 460 has a tall stance, and its body sides are accented by large front and rear fender flares. Its face has an uncanny resemblance to Subaru's Outback wagon, thanks to similar headlights. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Rear window can be opened independently of the gate


Interior
Seven-person seating in three rows is standard. The second-row bench seat can slide forward and backward for optimal legroom, and the seat's backrest also reclines. When more cargo room is needed, the standard power-folding third row folds flat with the floor.

The cabin features a symmetrical dashboard design with a large center control panel finished in silver-colored trim. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather seat trim
  • Standard heated and ventilated power front seats
  • Standard moonroof
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional Mark Levinson stereo
  • Optional backseat entertainment system


Under the Hood
The GX's 4.6-liter V-8 makes 301 horsepower and 329 pounds-feet of torque and teams with a six-speed automatic transmission. The full-time four-wheel-drive system incorporates a low range that's designed for off-road excursions. Mechanical features include:

  • Available adaptive suspension
  • Maximum towing capacity of 6,500 pounds when properly equipped


Safety

Ten airbags are standard, including frontal airbags, side-impact airbags for the front and outboard second-row seats, front knee airbags and side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats. Other safety features include:

  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard active front head restraints
  • Optional Pre-Collision System, which can tighten the front seat belts and ready the brakes for stronger stopping performance

 


Latest 2012 GX 460 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great Car

by JC from Macon, GA on March 1, 2018

Good car. It really is built for off-roading which is not what anyone I know uses it for. I would rather see Lexus make a full size SUV in this price range with a comparable size that is built for ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great Car

by LexusReviewer on February 16, 2018

This is a good reliable car. In fact, I didn't want to part with it, but my family expanded and I needed more room. Otherwise we would still be driving it! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Lexus GX 460 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Lexus GX 460 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Lexus
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Dealer Certification Required

    161-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The GX 460 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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