DESIGN REVIEW… The 2020 Lexus GX460 delivers… without his MOJO

I always do my best to discover something good in a car. But every now and then, I get some things that simply don’t click…

Now, there’s really nothing wrong with the 2020 Lexus GX460. It’s a solid driver, has everything you need to get the job done. Comfortable. Pretty good ergonomics. But…

It’s just that the GX460 feels really old. As a 2020 model competing with the likes of so many high-tech SUVs, there are things that bug me. Sure, Lexus may be planning an all new model that’s state-of-the-art for 2021, but for now… and not knowing that, this car harkens too much to the past.

The design language feels dull and non-luxurious. But not a bad design, just severely needs an upgrade. And… a smaller grille. Seriously, look at that thing.

What new cars still have CD Players? Some maybe, but not any that I’ve driven… and I drive a lot. A rear hatch that opens like a door? Sure, I guess. But if it doesn’t make it better, why do it? And sooooooo much plastic everywhere that it’s what was being done 10 years ago.

New cars are innovative with materials. Sure, it may be plastic underneath, but there are creative solutions to using a variety of plastics that it seems this Lexus didn’t even consider upgrading to over the last decade since it came out.

Small screen. Old style interface. Plastic everywhere… did I mention that? And buttons… Buttons… BUTTONS!!! Yea, I know… the car can do a lot. But there were so many buttons with unclear graphics that I couldn’t make heads or tails.

Conversely, the GX460 is a solid driver with a high vantage point. Something good for the freeways, so the visibility is excellent. Although I didn’t take it off-road, I’m sure it’s completely capable as there were a BUNCH of 4X Buttons alluding to it.

But tech aside, for a luxury car on PCH it’s missing one thing. Poor guy is missing his MOJO. For $73K, it’s needs it badly. I’d recommend you wait for the next-gen. I’m sure he’ll be Sexy AND Smart. šŸ˜‰

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