The GX's off-road pedigree remains intact for 2010, with some notable changes. It's still touting an independent coil-spring suspension in front and a live-axle rear, and its Torsen center differential continues to distribute torque front and rear (typically 40/60 in a straight line). Standard rear suspension is a four-link with coil springs, and premium models have pneumatic cylinders (air suspension) in place of the coils. However, new for 2010 is an electronically controlled transfer case, operated through a toggle button near the transmission gear selector; the shift lever is gone.
The driver can choose high or low range, plus there's a diff lock button. Crawl Control is available for the first time in the GX; you can set it to keep the vehicle at ultra low crawling speeds (five settings between one and 3.7 mph) while off-road. In addition, the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, which was optional last year, is now standard equipment. Off-road, it disconnects the anti-roll bars, increasing wheel travel and articulation; on the road, the bars are connected hydraulically, improving handling. It's said to reduce body roll by as much as 50 percent. During our mild off-roading, we found the vehicle to be confident in the dirt. On the highway, the GX's ride is comfortable, and it handles well in the turns. It doesn't have the same level of ride comfort as a crossover, (but it's closer than you might think), and you will feel some bumps here and there. Another cool feature for off-roaders: the optional wide-view front and side monitor, which displays in the 8.0-inch touchscreen nav, uses cameras in the grille and under the passenger-side mirror to aid parking. However, you can set it to automatically stay on at speeds below six mph, especially useful if you're trying to get around rocks and debris while on the trail.