It’s been nine years since we last test-drove a Lexus GX460, and we actually recall the circumstances — a family wedding in central Connecticut. Ordinarily, that would be quite a compliment to the car, but what we remember most about this luxury sport-utility vehicle was its ungainly handling characteristics and poor fuel economy. But Lexus executives must have known something we didn’t know in 2011: The GX460 has been a steady seller over the years, averaging 25,000 to 27,000 units sold every year since 2015.
The GX460 last was redesigned way back in 2010, so the Atomic Silver GX460 Luxury wasn’t dramatically different from the one we drove to the 2011 wedding. It seemed to handle a little more crisply than its predecessor, benefited from some exterior updating, and had some technological add-ons. Otherwise, however, it displayed qualities that prompt some critics to dismiss it as dated — notably, a tailgate that swings to the right.