Lexus GX 470

Lexus has been doing a remarkable job in recent years of re-branding the name and reemerging as a reliable and innovative automaker. The Lexus GX has won various awards including 4-Wheeler of the Year in 2003 and 2004 from 4×4 Magazine. Further, J.D. Power and Associates named the GX 470 the highest ranked premium luxury SUV in initial quality in 2005 and Kelley Blue Book gave the GX 470 its Best Resale Value Award in 2006. The Lexus GX 470 is a mid-size luxury Sport Utility Vehicle sold in North American markets by Toyota's luxury division, Lexus. The GX was introduced as a 2003 model in November 2002 and was released at the same time as the now-defunct Lincoln Aviator, another of its competitors. The GX 470 has a welded steel body, an electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission, and a 4 wheel drive system. The interior of the model offers a place for up to an amazing eight passengers with three rows of seating. Granted, the third row is relatively tight with only 24 inches of legroom for its two passengers. But, if need be, it could seat eight. Also, a side-opening rear tailgate is standard. Other features include built-in mudguards, water-repellent glass, integrated illuminated running boards and a roof rack with crossbars. The premium Mark Levinson audio system and a rear seat DVD entertainment system are available as options which are very popular with consumers of all demographics. The Lexus GX 470 is powered by a 4.7 L, 32-valve, four-cam V8 engine with 270 hp at 5,400 rpm. This is one of the largest engines that has ever been put into a Lexus. The vehicle is built at Lexus' Tahara plant in Japan although a similar version of the GX 470 is built and sold as the Toyota Prado. The GX is touted as a competent contender for serious off-roading while being civilized, and luxurious, enough for everyday driving.