We sold our Dodge Charger and purchased the Lexus GX 470 so that we could seat our family of 4 comfortably including our dog. The ride is smooth and the sound system is excellent. The rear camera is a nice, useful feature and we love the appearance of the dash with the wood detail. The kids enjoy that the rear windows roll completely down and that their seats can recline (only if the furthest rear seats are removed from the vehicle completely or left down, however). We love the sunroof and turning radius of this SUV. This SUV has a lot of power as a V8 and we appreciate that it would easily tow a boat with it's towing capacity. Upon driving the car in the first month, we noticed a few major drawbacks that probably would have lengthened our purchase time and made us compare better, had we noticed them earlier. The drawbacks are: 1. The cupholders in this car are very poorly designed and are so substandard for such a luxury SUV, I actually filed a complaint to Lexus. They have said that they're "investigating", but I'm really shocked that no one else has complained about this very obvious issue. They are too shallow and can't seem to fit any size cup securely. There's a removable size adjustor, so that if my cup is secure, then my husband's cup would be spilling everywhere. 2. The rear door opens outward to the right, so you do need a lot of space to load the rear of the vehicle - this means you have to actually open your garage door in order to put anything in the back. Should you come from a large shopping trip to find that someone has parked too closely behind you, well, then - you have a problem. 3. The leather seats are so flat that we slide around on them! The only seat that actually features a nice contour is the driver's seat. 4. The console is very small for an SUV, so you won't storing too much in there. 5. Although this SUV can seat 7, you won't be going anywhere with luggage because when all the seats are down, there is little to no cargo space. 6. Folding the furthest rear seats requires some muscle to fold them up and strap them securely. Even though driving a "sports van" was difficult on my ego, I have to say that this "Luxury SUV" makes me appreciate the details and design that were in the Toyota Sienna XLE that I owned 6 yrs. ago.
I have three words for my Lexus, Fun, Quiet and Smooth.
We looked for a long time for the right SUV for our family and could believe that we found a 2006 Lexus GX 470 with mileage under 27,000. The SUV handles extremely well and is extremely comfortable.