Dieharder wrote:This is yet another "What SUV should I buy question?" We are in the market for a seven passanger SUV / Crossover. We don't need off-road capabilities but don't mind having it. We do need AWD and must have 3rd row, although we will only use the 3rd row occationally.
I have 50K to 60K to spend on it. Here are the vehicles that I did test drive:
5. Lexus GX460 (going to see this weekend)
Long term car experience is kind of financial returns history. The further you go back the more data, but the more of a chance it occurred in conditions not relevant to today or the future. In same vein, we had a 2005 Lexus GX470, the predecessor model, bought new in '05, till we sold it in 2014, to our son, so I expect it to be in the family for years to come. So fairly long history but sort of different vehicle. But FWIW I was more satisfied with it than any other vehicle I've owned, really love the car we replaced it with but not a long enough history to compare. My wife liked the styling and didn't care about stuff like handling; was kind of a present for her. I didn't like either that much at first. But the car grew on me with its plush comfort, handling and performance good enough, got to be OK with the styling, and most of all the virtual complete lack of any problem over the whole time we owned it (mechanically just spurious engine check light from bad gas cap gasket, though also corrosion of the wheel finish eventually, replaced those with reconditioned ones when I replaced the tires).
EPA was 14/19 on that iteration, 'real' mileage was more like 13 locally driven mainly by my wife, 20 on long trips driven mainly by me (I beat EPA highway on most cars, maybe other people do too, but just as disclaimer), calculated from gas purchases, not the trip computer which tended to inflate the numbers. We used mid grade, could not tell any different in any aspect of performance v premium the way we drove the car.
To add if relevant, in its later years we parked it on urban streets where it could get buried in snow time to time. With the differential locked, it could drive out of any snow pile, just dig a path to the door, v. long and laborious dig-out required for front wheel drive sedan in same situation, also better than a Ford Explorer at that, though I couldn't compare it to every other SUV.