GX 460 versus....

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@Harper34 did you ever make your decision? I'm in a very similar situation right now.. New 4runner w/KDSS, used GX460, or really used LC200 (hard to fit into the garage). So many good points on this thread.
Haven't made a decision yet.

I really like the LC 200, and I think the space advantage, though marginal, should help me fit to larger-sized crates. The problem with LC 200 is the price and the limited fuel capacity and the size...I know Tundra's and LC's are apples-to-oranges, but if I'm going with a behemoth of a vehicle, I might as well get the one with the larger fuel tank and infinitely more cargo space...at least that's my thought.

Right now, I only have 1 dog. He takes up much of the rear area of my 4runner, but it works. The 4runner engine, spartan interior and dated tech I'm totally fine with...the seats aren't very comfortable for longer rides and the NVH starts to wear on me (mostly road noise). I think this is a year-by-year thing, as my 2011 is tough to ride in, but I've ridden in 2015's and newer which were much more comfortable.

GX460 seems like the best compromise in terms of price, mpg, and comfort. My concern is that I wouldn't be able to fit 2 larger sized dogs (in crates).


I have a 100 and a 200, and my girlfriend has a GX460. Two Ruffland intermediate crates in her GX or my 200, two Ruffland larges in the house.

Haven't tried putting the larges in side by side in any of them, but the intermediates have a few extra inches of width in the GX and are snug in the 200 with the third row seats flipped up. They definitely can go deeper in the 200 than the GX. I can throw the larges in any of them if it'll be useful to someone.


As for someone who's considering any of them, it's a difficult decision. My 100 is an earlier one so the GX460 and LX570 are lightyears ahead of it in basically every way except being 2-3x the price. The GX will get better fuel economy than the 200 and will get up any fireroad you want, no worries about capability. Could be the P tires on the GX vs the E tires on my 200 but the GX seems like a more comfortable cruiser and the 200 feels more like a utility vehicle - even with the AHC. I haven't been very impressed with the capabilities of the 4th or 5th gen 4Runners, but the GX460 holds its own against a 200 - as long as it has enough space for you.
Yeah, showing a picture of the 2 larger crates in the GX would be immensely helpful. If those 2 larger ones can fit, that would be a deciding factor for my purchasing decision.
 
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I had a 100, was looking to get a 200, and ended up with a 150. I ultimately ended up getting something smaller, as I live in Seattle, and it just fits everywhere better, in the city and on the trails. I also got a killer deal on a base model, and have been adding OEM features as I go at a fraction of the cost. Just the ones I want, no packages for thousands of dollars. All of those thousands went into suspension, wheels, tires, roof rack, and my specific little upgrades. You get the smaller size (relevant to me) of a 5th gen, but a v8, what feels like better visibility to me, and it's just nicer. Plus people always ask me... 'wait, that's a Lexus??'
 
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I had a 100, was looking to get a 200, and ended up with a 150. I ultimately ended up getting something smaller, as I live in Seattle, and it just fits everywhere better, in the city and on the trails. I also got a killer deal on a base model, and have been adding OEM features as I go at a fraction of the cost. Just the ones I want, no packages for thousands of dollars. All of those thousands went into suspension, wheels, tires, roof rack, and my specific little upgrades. You get the smaller size (relevant to me) of a 5th gen, but a v8, what feels like better visibility to me, and it's just nicer. Plus people always ask me... 'wait, that's a Lexus??'
My sentiments exactly. We have a 200 series as well which I love and prefer on the highway, but everything else you mentioned is spot on and why we are very happy with our 150.
 
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They all have a cooler inside the radiator. It's used to get the fluid up to temp and then also to cool it once you're on the road. No US models came with the additional external cooler, at least until recently, I think the off road package 2020 one has it...

"Luxury models are available with a new Off-Road package, which includes crawl control, transmission cooler, fuel tank protector, and multi-terrain select, which offers different driving modes for different surfaces including loose rocks, mud and sand, and moguls" - motortrend

I'm actually going to install one personally. It's on the to do list. OEM parts, ordered online, run about $400 all told.
 
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