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2008 Lexus GX 470
A three-quarter front view of a silver 2008 Lexus GX 470

In short: The ultimate luxury off-road vehicle.


D
esigned with off-road expeditions in mind, this rugged, mid-sized SUV features a full-time four-wheel drive, a robust 4.7-liter V8 engine, and traction controls for tackling uneven terrain. Yet, in spite of its ruggedness, this eight-passenger tank is able to keep its riders comfortable with a well-appointed and quiet interior, which includes genuine leather furnishings, a power moonroof, and multi-adjustable and heatable front seats. Our tester also included some of the model’s optional features, such as a voice-activated DVD navigation system with a rear view camera.

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty; six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; six-year/unlimited-mile corrosion perforation warranty; 24/7 roadside assistance.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $46,815 / As tested: $53,430

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, 4-wheel drive, 8-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 4.7-liter, 32-valve DOHC V8 with VVT-i
Horsepower: 263 hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 323 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed electronically controlled automatic

Curb weight:
4,871 lbs
Wheelbase: 109.8 in
Length/Width/Height: 188.2/74/74.6 in
Turning circle: 37.4 ft

Brakes:
all-wheel power-assisted ventilated disc with ABS, brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: independent double wishbone in front; 4-link rigid axle with control arms in rear
Traction: vehicle stability control; downhill assist control; hill-start assist control

0-60 mph: 8.1 seconds
Top Speed: 112.5 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City: 14 mpg
EPA Highway: 18 mpg

Safety:
multi-stage dual front airbags; front seat-mounted side airbags; front and second row side curtain airbags; daytime running lights; tire pressure monitoring system

Likes:
luxury, comfortable

Dislikes:
n/a

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PSV110508 (Updated 11/06/08 SCV)

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