For 2006, the single-trim GX 470 offers the new second-generation Lexus Link telematics system as an option. There's also a new parking brake hand grip, four coat hooks, and four new exterior color choices: Titanium Metallic, Savannah Metallic, Nautical Blue, and Cypress Pearl.
First introduced in 2003, the GX 470 is powered by a 263-hp, 4.7L V-8, which is connected to a five-speed automatic transmission that has a second-gear start feature. Full-time four-wheel drive is standard, as well as Downhill Assist Control (which helps maintain a constant speed with no intervention from the driver in off-road situations), Hill-start Assist Control (which keeps the vehicle stationary while starting on a steep incline or slippery surface), and active traction control. Lexus also includes Rear Adaptive Height Control, which provides an additional 1.6 inches of clearance when traversing challenging terrain. The system can also lower the rear of the vehicle 1.2 inches from its neutral setting for easier cargo loading. The GX 470 includes anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist and Vehicle Stability Control. Other standard features include heated outside mirrors with reverse auto-tilt, trailer towing package, leather-trimmed interior with Bird's-eye Maple wood accents, heated front seats, automatic climate control, a 115-volt power point, and a rear-seat audio system.
When fitted with the optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, the hydraulic cylinders supporting the anti-roll bars allow the wheels on each axle to move with a greater degree of side-to-side independence, helping to minimize any tendency for wheel lift. The increased suspension articulation helps maximize traction, even in challenging off-road situations.
The available Sport Package includes smoked front and rear light bezels, chrome exhaust tip, a dark graphite finish on 17-inch alloy wheels, and a roof rack. Inside, there's black Bird's-eye Maple wood trim, and the undercarriage receives the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System. Other optional amenities include a navigation system with Mark Levinson audio system, a third-row seat, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and Lexus Link telematics.
J.D. Power and Associates Research
What do owners think about the quality of Lexus GX Series as it comes off the assembly line
The GX ranks highest in initial quality in the midsize premium multi-activity vehicle segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM The GX performs well in the HVAC, seats, and engine/transmission categories. The GX performs better than segment average in the features/controls/displays, engine/transmission, exterior, HVAC, interior, the driving experience, and seats categories.
With only three models, the Midsize Premium Utility segment is one of the smallest categories. Each entry offers its own unique blend of style, performance, and utility.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the GX 470 is the sales leader with 34,339 units sold in calendar year 2005. Next was the Land Rover LR3 (19,346), followed by the Saab 9-7X (2,272).