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The 2022 Lexus GX 460 Takes V8s Off Road

The Lexus GX is aging, but it’s V8 mill still makes it plenty of fun.

It’s a vicious cycle: Brand new cars are exciting, but fall to the back of the auto show display area after a couple of years. From there it doesn’t take long for that once brand-new machine to start showing its age. Sure, a mid-cycle update may freshen up its look and add some tech, but by the time it’s at the end of its production cycle, the once-celebrated machine will suffer jeers for being past its prime.

That arc might sound familiar to the venerable Lexus GX 460, the V8-powered luxury off-roader cousin to the Toyota 4Runner. This Lexus debuted all the way back in President Obama’s first term. Lexus did update the GX 460 in 2019, but it’s still a relative dinosaur underneath. Yet instead of bemoaning its aging tech or V8’s lagging output, the GX offers a body-on-frame SUV experience with the hardware to take you anywhere you want to go, which we appreciate.

On this episode of Quick Spin, host Wesley Wren hops behind the wheel of the 2022 Lexus GX 460 and takes you along for the ride. Wren takes you on a guided tour of this Lexus SUV and highlights its styling, features, and interior. Wren then climbs behind the wheel and takes you along for a live drive review. Along with these segments, Wren chats with Autoweek’s West Coast editor Mark Vaughn about the Lexus GX, off-roading, and the demand for vehicles like the GX 460. Closing the show, the pair talk about what makes this Lexus special.

Tune in below, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever podcasts are played.

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