Prospective GX buyer looking for some clarification

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May 18, 2019
Hi all, so I haven't yet bought a GX460, but I've decided on it being my next vehicle.

My uses would be primarily as a daily driver, family trips and occasional light off road (i.e. relatively tame off road courses) not really going crazy.

My two main questions are what differences are there between the models from 2010-2013? Also, what changed after the 'facelift' in 2014? Functionally, what is different between the 2010+ and the post facelift GX460s?

Trying to get the maximum value since I'm putting a modest budget of around 20k +/- a bit. Not scared of higher mileage over 100k miles as that's just breaking these vehicles in with proper maintenance.

I will probably do some very slight mods as time goes on, after the lemon law warranty expires as I'll be buying used.

Thanks for the input,
Cut and paste from another forum

2010 - First Model Year of GX 460
* Lexus emblem removed from upper left side of rear door
* Smart Stop Added
* Conversation Mirror
* Electrochromic rearview mirror with compass (models without Navigation)
* High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) became optional on Base model
• Last year of Peridot Mica
* Fire Agate Pearl introduced
* Color-keyed bodyside molding with chrome accent
* High-gloss wheel finish
* Outside temperature display also available on multi-display screen in gauge cluster
* Illuminated cup holders in center console
* Homelink buttons moved from front center roof map light area to illuminated buttons on new rear view mirror

- F Sport 18-in alloy wheels
- F Sport grille insert
- unique exhaust tip
- F Sport logo floor mats
* Different preload spring in steering rack that was introduced in March 2012 so this should be in some later 2012 models.

* Sport Design Package available:
- F SPORT grille
- Double-walled stainless steel exhaust tip with chrome finis
- Carpet floor mats with F SPORT logo
- 18-in F SPORT cast alloy wheels with Liquid Silver high-gloss finish
2014 - Refresh year
* Approach Angle - “Normal” setting 21 deg.
* Departure Angle - “Normal” 23 deg.
* Turning Circle (wall to wall) - 41.4 ft.
* Spindle grille with new front fascia
* 18-inch split six-spoke wheels (Premium Package)
* 18-inch split six-spoke wheels with Liquid Graphite finish (Luxury model)
* Clear tail lamp lenses
* LED low beam headlamps
* Headlamp washers (optional) ←--- I assume this means available on all trims?
* LED low beam headlamps
* Linear Espresso Wood with Abyss Black Trim
* Mahogany wood trim on doors, above glove box, and on center console (Premium Package and Luxury Model)
* Perforated Black NuLuxe with natural grain
* Dual USB ports with iPod® connectivity
* LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
* Trailer sway control
* Luxury Model:
* 18-inch split six spoke wheels with Liquid Graphite finish
* Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
* Full Mahogany wood trim

* Factory Options-Standard Model:
* 18-inch split six-spoke wheels
* Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
* Full Mahogany wood trim
* Heated/ventilated front seats
* LED fog lamps
* HD Radio Real-Time Traffic and Weather

* Premium Package:
* Full mahogany wood trim
* Heated outboard rear seats
* Heated/ventilated front seats
* Intuitive Park Assist
* LED foglamps
* Lexus Navigation
* Perforated leather seats
* Rain-sensing wipers
* Split six-spoke wheels
* Three-zone automatic climate control
* Windshield de-icer

* Luxury Model
* Driver Support Package (special order option)
* Crawl Control
* Intelligent high-beam
* Lane Departure Alert
* Mark Levinson Audio
* Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
* Wide-view Front and Side Camera Driver Attention Monitor
* HDMI input

* New Multimedia
* Home screen divided into three sections (customizable)
* Navigation
* 3D maps; with bird’s eye view mode
* 3D buildings; key buildings/landmarks
* Speed limit display on road traveled
* ETA calculation improved (speed limit, current traffic, predictive traffic data)
* Traffic detour preview; alternate route options offered when traffic becomes heavy
* Predictive traffic; provides view of traffic ahead based on Inrix data (15, 30 and 45 minute increments)
* Voice Recognition
* One-shot address entry
* Steering wheel control of onboard/offboard voice recognition
* Voice Recognition Guidance Level; ability to choose voice prompt level (High/Low/Off)
* Hint screens
* Cache Radio; ability to pause live AM/FM radio and HD Radio (20 minutes later)
* Hybrid Data Service
* Traffic and Weather data provided via HD Radio (free to all users while in HD Radio range) o Display Audio has basic traffic map and weather forecast
* NAV-equipped vehicles have full and predictive traffic, Doppler weather and weather
* forecast
* NAV-equipped vehicles w/Enform App Suite subscription can continue to receive traffic and weather data outside of HD range (switches to cellular connectivity when outside of HD range)
* Climate control memory added to FOB memory settings. This in addition driver seat, outside mirror, and steering wheel positions available in previous years.
* Last year of Knight's Armor Pearl
* Last year of Tungsten Pearl
* (UNDER INVESTIGATION TO CONFIRM) Reverse mirror tilt memory ('10-'13 have non customizable tilt in reverse function)
* Curb Weight GX 460: 5,128 lbs. / GX 460 Luxury: 5,179 lbs. ←- Just going off what product description sheet says. Brochures say ‘10-11 (5305/5340 lbs) / ‘12-13 (5128/5179 lbs) / ‘14+ brochures do not list weight
* Body Structure and Paint - Silver Lining Metallic / Nebula Gray Pearl
* Infotainment app: Slacker
* Nebula Gray Pearl introduced
* Curb Weight: GX 460: 5,130 lbs /GX 460 Luxury: 5,199 lbs.
* Standard interior option: Sepia NuLuxe
* Factory Options: Lexus Enform Remote (All trims) / Lexus Enform Service Connect (All trims) / Destination Search on Standard or Premium
* Last year of Satin Cashmere Metallic
* Nightfall Mica introduced
* Standard model option: Heated/ventilated front seats
* Second-row Captain’s Chairs (optional) on Premium
* Sport Design Package Premium/Luxury trim:
Front bumper, front grille lower garnish, rear bumper spoiler, exclusive design chrome exhaust tip, scarlet red tail lamps graphic, redesigned side mirror with chrome detail, and 18-inch split six spoke alloy wheels with gunmetal metallic finish (optional)
* Second-row Captain’s Chairs standard on Luxury trim
* Semi-Aniline bench seat on Luxury grade becomes standard
* Captain’s chairs now included in Sport Design Package on Luxury trim
* Third-row headrest changed from leather or semi-aniline leather to NuLuxe on Premium Package and Luxury models.
* Voice Command microphone location has been changed from the overhead center console to the ceiling above the driver’s seat.
* Premium Packages in Black or Sepia colors changed to NuLuxe® interior trim
* Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert available as no charge option
For off-road performance I think the biggest difference is the approach and departure angles. The 2010-2013 have better approach and departure compared to the 2014+

Approach 28 deg
Departure 25 deg

Approach 21 deg
Departure 23 deg
(data from
I’ve got a 2011 Premium with Driver Assist that I absolutely love in Starfire Pearl with Ecru interior. If you’re looking to save some coin (to throw at mods lol) and get a good deal definitely go 10-13. Plenty of good spec info up above. I went with mine cause I’m doing a Prado conversion and didn’t need the 14+ for that. Either way, glad you aren’t talking 4Runner. Things are a dime a dozen!

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