Can the 2016 Lexus GX460 Clear the Articulation Section of the Gold Mine Hill Off-Road Review

Can the 2016 Lexus GX460 climb to the very top of the TFLtruck’s Gold Mine Hill off-road trail, or will limited ground clearance and street-biased tires hold it back?  The Gold Mine Hill is a trail high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It consists of three stages: steep rocky incline, steep and tight corner traction challenge, and final articulation and traction challenge.

The Lexus GX has always been a luxuriously appointed off-road capable SUV. It is built on a ladder frame and has a two-speed 4×4 transfer case and a solid rear axle. It has the underpinnings of an off-road truck, and the creature comforts of a luxury SUV. The 2016 model includes the latest features such: adjustable suspension, off-road crawl control, and surround-view camera system.

Power is provided by a trusted 4.6-liter V8 with 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission does the shifting. It’s still a three-row seven-passenger SUV that offers up to 64.7 cu-ft of cargo capacity, although a five-passenger Toyota 4Runner has significantly more cargo area with the rear seats folded (89.7 cu-ft).

Although the GX460 starts at $50,780 before destination charges, a fully loaded model like you see here comes in at $68,765.

It has a modest 8.1 inches of ground clearance. Will this be enough to clear the final articulation section of the Gold Mine Hill trail? Watch the video to find out.

 

Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.