Lexus GX 460

BASE PRICE: $53,220
BODY TYPE: Full-size/Luxury SUV

WHAT'S NEW: Uses a new engine that's more powerful and offers better fuel economy. That change happened for 2010, as did a restyle inside and out. Since then, Lexus has made changes to the stability control system in a voluntary recall. For 2011, there's wood trim in base models with black leather and a compass in the rearview mirror.

COOL FACT: The last-gen GX was 440 lb lighter yet needed 17 ft more space in a 60-0-mph braking test.

SUM UP: Leather-lined rock crawler.
RATING: ***1/2

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2011 Lexus GX 460
Base Engine 4.6L/301-hp DOHC V-8
Optional Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.9 sec
Tow/Payload 6500/1250-1300 lb
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 15/20 mpg
Basic warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 10