Consumer Reports Flags 2010 Lexus GX 460
Consumer Reports recently tested the 2010 Lexus GX 460 and found that it could tip over during extreme cornering tests. These tests are supposed to simulate the type of sharp turn drivers experience when taking highway off-ramps, where the first reaction to a steep turn is to lift your foot off the accelerator to slow down.
Consumer Reports says in these instances, it takes too long for the stability control to engage and could lead to rollovers. The publication has flagged the 2010 GX with “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk.” It paid for a second GX to retest and got the same results. Neither GX actually rolled over, however. Consumer Reports also tested the new Toyota 4Runner, which the Lexus is based on, and didn’t experience the same problem.
Toyota has already responded to the report, saying it has tested the GX rigorously and that it meets all federal safety guidelines. Toyota will try to re-create the Consumer Reports test to conclude whether the company thinks the publication’s finding has merit or not.
Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not have a star rating for rollover or any other crash tests listed for the GX on its website. We have left voicemails with the agency to see if the tests have actually been completed or not. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also has not tested the GX.
The GX was completely redesigned for 2010 and went on sale in late 2009. It was not part of either of Toyota’s two recent recalls for sticky pedals and pedal entrapment. Through March, sales of the GX were up 185% for the year compared with 2009. Almost 5,000 have been sold in total. While that number is small, the GX starts at $52,000 and is a profitable model for the brand.
A video of the test is embedded below.