• Apr 13, 2010
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Consumer Reports has officially given the Lexus GX the automotive equivalent of a black eye. The publication has deemed the high-riding luxury SUV a "safety risk" for its likelihood to go shiny side down during emergency maneuvers, and as such, has put it on the publication's infamous "Do Not Buy" list. During testing, the Consumer Reports crew found that the traction control on the GX would allow the vehicle to slide nearly completely sideways before getting everything in line.

Interestingly enough, while Consumer Reports tested the nearly-identical Toyota 4Runner, that SUV wasn't found to suffer the same problem with the traction control. Is it possible that all of the luxury goodies you'll find aboard the Lexus add enough pounds to overwhelm the vehicle's stability control, or that the Lexus has significantly different programming? It's possible.

So far, Toyota hasn't said much other than that it's concerned with the Consumer Reports findings. Considering that the Japanese manufacturer has had more than its fair share of bad publicity recently, being blacklisted by CR is just another log on the fire.



[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, the person who wrote the post is incorrect:

      Actually, Consumer Reports says:
      "We perform this evaluation on every vehicle we test, which includes the 95 SUVs in our current auto Ratings. No other SUV in recent years slid out as far as the GX 460, including the Toyota 4Runner, which shares the same platform as the GX."

      At this URL:
      http://blogs.consumerreports.org/cars/2010/04/consumer-reports-2010-lexus-gx-dont-buy-safety-risk.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing is almost perfect...it has and does everything and you get all the Lexus comfort...its just that front end that bothers me...maybe overtime I will get used to it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This truck's sheer ugliness is its safety feature... can't die in a truck you don't buy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A friend just recently bought the new 4-Runner, god that thing is hideous. Didn't think it was possible to get uglier than my parents' 05? 'Runner, but guess I'm wrong. Whatever happened to the clean lines of the 2nd-3rd gens?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Interesting isn't it that you're here to spout your diatribe about hating it as a Toyota product, yet your friend and parents purchased and live with theirs and have no interest in contributing to Autoblog! Says it all, really.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't get "hating it as a Toyota", I get it as "hating it as an individual product"...

        If you want to bash Toyota-bashers, there are plenty to choose from, but bashing someone incorrectly makes you lose credibility.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bloke, I don't mean to insult your intelligence, but please point out one instance where I used the word "Toyota" above. ;)

        'Runners used to be great, realiable, off-roadable cars. Can't comment about the present, other than they are uglier than sin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This makes as much sense as putting the Mustang on the do not buy list because you could drown when the boat drags you back down the ramp.

      Trucks don't make good cars. Trying to make them cars just makes them bad trucks too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This has nothing to do with picking on Toyota because it's down. It has more to do with the questionable testing and driving practices employed by Consumer Reports.

      Look at the vehicles previously entered on their "Do Not Buy" list: Isuzu Trooper, Suzuki Samurai, Acura MDX (the one based on the Trooper; I may have the wrong name). All fitted with outriggers to prevent the vehicle from tipping over in sharp manuvers. These things added extra weight to the vehicles, so yes that can cause a tipover. And that's why I have a problem with that list. I do agree with placing the Yugo and Korean Pontiac LeMans on the list, they were horrible cars to begin with.

      I suggest taking the claims of anyone who uses Jenga Building Blocks to test the handling of a minivan with a grain of salt before hopping on that bandwagon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Acutally, CR initially tests all cars bone stock without any extra equipment. In the case of the Trooper incident in 1996, the car would have rolled over quite violently but the driver was able to countersteer and save it. I remember watching the video because it was all over the news. It was only after that initial test that they fitted outriggers onto the car to show how it would consistently rollover. They also showed a Chevy Tahoe in the same maneuver with no threat of rolling over. I'm not saying CR has the most scientific testing procedures but I'm also saying that carmakers aren't as perfectly thorough as we would all like them to be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's what will happen. Toyota will issue a software update that will ratchet up the electronic nanny systems on the vehicle so much that it will be impossible to do anything but drive in a straight line a 15 MPH. Here's an idea people, how about not getting your car sideways in the first place rather than complaining about how the car didn't stop you from doing it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ouchie for Toyota. The last time I heard of a major rollover threat was in the form of the mid 90's Explorer.

      That being said, you would think that R&D at Toyota would be a little more thorough after all they've been through.

      Toyota is seriously in a downward tumble. First the rust, then the brakes, then the floor mats, then the Scion tC, then this... Well. Toyota...

      When can we expect the return of the Supra and Hachi?
        • 4 Years Ago
        But with the Montero, they installed wide heavy "safety" beams on the truck and ran it around a skidpad with under-inflated tires. They basically did every thing they could to ruin the Montero's reputation because they had some sort of axe to grind against Mitsubishi.

        I don't know what is to blame here, a rigged test or Toyota's engineering but either way I am curious as to what is making CR turn on its chosen one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The last vehicle to be rated unacceptable for emergency handling was the '01 Mitsubishi Montero Sport. But yeah, this is actually surprisingly big news. I bet the video of this monster sliding sideways is pretty damned neat. And that the driver needed a change of pants afterward.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Montero Sport wasn't exactly a popular vehicle. What on earth would a magazine (that accepts no advertising) have against a small company?

        Don't you people get it? Toyota wasn't CR's "chosen one" and Mitsubishi wasn't "targeted." They're just REPORTING. They've only made claims like these, what, four times in the past 20 years? Only fanboys seem to ever have a problem with it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Watching the video from CR; Would this also happen on ice? Would it be worse on ice?? Or rain for that matter?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This appears to be based off the LC, which probably weighs the same (and would have the same rollover potential then). Other than those buying for status ("it's a big SUV and a Lexus), I really do not get the attraction to these things.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ouch. Another negative story that will be mentioned in all media outlets. Toyota is having a rough go of it lately. This time a Lexus gets it. Someone will be getting fired.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just heard this on my morning commute. While I feel bad for those who bought this vehicle expecting safe transportation, I'm secretly quite happy because I hate being behind these tall moving road blocks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Imagine....sudden acceleration on this thing. Big , UGLY, with a potential to flip. We should pull the plug on this thing now before something crazy like this happens. Where are the die hard Toyota people who are gonna defend this thing and blame everything else?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like I need consumer reports to tell me not to buy an ugly luxo-truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Here is a link to the CR video;
        http://blogs.consumerreports.org/cars/2010/04/consumer-reports-2010-lexus-gx-dont-buy-safety-risk.html

        Looks like Clarkson was at the wheel. Seriously though, the car is going downhill in a turn with negative camber, when the driver deliberately takes his foot off the gas, inducing the tail to step out. CR says it took too long to regain control. Well, maybe it's not about a high center of gravity but front/rear weight distribution. CR seems concerned that in this scenario, a rock or running off the pavement could cause a roll over due to the high center of gravity. I'd like to see them test this conclusion, since their test only shows the tail being forced to go wide.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dont know why anyone in their right mind would buy this 90's looking thing anyways. I thought they were talking about a discontinued model by looking at the picture.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JZeke

        I totally agree. GX is not designed for "high speed turns" Should consumer report go test the tractor trailer and do emergency testing and high speed turns, and say "Do not buy, because it has a high risk of roll over?"

        Either way, please, get this GX off the road. It's so fugly and doesn't deserve to live its life in the walmart parking lot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ISUZU TROOPER SAYS HI!!

        LOL

      • 4 Years Ago
      Geez, there's no pleasing you people. For years we've been listening to you whine about Toyota making boring cars.

      They finally release a car that soccer moms and retirees can easily drift, on highway on ramps no less, and yet the whining continues.
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