Shola Idowu, popularly known as Weird MC, is one of those who have been in the industry for a long time, even if not much has been heard from her in recent times, in terms of releasing new songs.
Known for her masculine persona and outlook, Sola became more popular when she released the hit track, ‘Ijoya’, and she is also a proud owner of Lexus GX 470, a lovable sport utility vehicle.
Anyone in the market looking for a sport utility vehicle that is excellent at handling both city driving and off-road duties can consider the “just right” 2009 Lexus GX 470. Despite its aging design, the GX 470 remains a worthy pick for those seeking a SUV that exhibits remarkable prowess and versatility when experienced on and off pavement.
In addition to the reliability that the Toyota brand is known for, it boasts of innovative features and luxury that Lexus is known for, and occupants can be assured that manoeuvering the GX won’t feel like piloting the Titanic. It feels lighter than it looks and it has a polished and smart cabin.
The GX 470 will no doubt satisfy any lover of pleasure as it mixes Lexus luxury with Toyota DNA. The standard adaptive variable suspension and rear adjustable height control further enhance its versatility and convenience by allowing the driver to select a stiffer or softer suspension tuning for various conditions. These features also adjust the rear height by 1.2 inches for added off-road ground clearance or easier cargo loading.
The 2009 Lexus GX 470 is powered by a 4.7-litre V8 producing 263 horsepower and 323 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is the only available gearbox, and it routes power to all four wheels via a dual-range transfer case. Towing capacity is 6,500 pounds when properly equipped. Fuel ratings by Environmental Protection Agency come in at 14 miles per gallon in the city, 18mpg on the highway and 15mpg in combined driving.
The interior of the 2009 GX 470 is typical Lexus, which is to say, outstanding. Occupants are enveloped in supple leather and rich wood trim. Materials quality is first-rate, most surfaces are soft-touch and all components are assembled with Swiss-timepiece precision.
Its lengthy features list translates into a somewhat busy-looking control panel, but these controls are easy to use, thanks to intuitive placement. Gauges are easily read, as is the optional navigation system. This system comes with a high-resolution display, voice activation, iPod integration and phone book synchronisation via Bluetooth.
The 2009 Lexus GX 470 is a midsize luxury SUV offered in one very well-appointed trim level. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive variable suspension, heated outside mirrors, lighted running boards, leather seats, heated power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof and a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel. There’s also an 11-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer and an auxiliary audio jack.
The GX 470’s main option is a navigation system paired with a premium 14-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system and Bluetooth. Also offered is a GX 470-specific Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that adjusts for more off-road suspension travel or less body roll in regular conditions. Other optional equipment items include a rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio and a 50/50-split third-row seat with rear air-conditioning. A sport package enhances the interior and exterior with various trim pieces and includes KDSS.
With a maximum cargo space of 78 cubic feet, storage is about average for SUVs of this size. The 60/40-split second-row seats fold down but not flat, and the optional third-row seats fold up and to the sides. Although having the option of third-row seating is advantageous, comfort is sacrificed, as the space is fairly cramped. The GX can seat up to eight when equipped with available third-row seats and a rear-seat entertainment system are available options when the GX 470 is new.
Rather than opt for a typical fold-down tailgate, Lexus inexplicably employs a side-hinged rear door. This configuration makes cargo loading difficult (especially when parallel-parked). The situation is worsened by the fact that the door is hinged on the passenger side, blocking curbside access when opened.
As you would expect from Lexus, the 2009 Lexus GX 470 is well stocked with safety equipment that includes antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags and roll-sensing side curtain airbags for the first and second rows. Also standard are traction control, stability control, downhill assist control and hill-start assist control. The Lexus Link communications system is an optional add-on. Another is a rearview camera, which is included with the navigation system.
The good: Capable off-road performer, seats up to eight, top-notch interior and plenty of luxury features.
The bad: Limited third-row space, inconvenient side-swinging cargo door, poor fuel economy and truck-like ride and handling.