• Apr 15, 2010
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Further proof that Toyota is taking Consumer Reports' recent test and subsequent Do Not Buy rating of its Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle seriously is a report from AutoWeek that the Japanese giant is testing all of the stability control systems used on every single one of its SUV models.

Toyota took the decisive action of issuing a stop sale on its new Lexus GX 460 here in the United States (also in the Middle East and Russia) after CR found that it was possible to coax the big 'ute into a massive sideways slide when the throttle is lifted mid-corner, seemingly defeating the standard stability control in the process. Under certain situations, the tall, heavy vehicle could potentially roll over.

According to Toyota, none of the 5,400 or so owners here in the States have reported any issues with their GX 460's handling characteristics, but that doesn't mean the issue isn't serious. Click here to read our own explanation as to what might be prompting the errant handling woes and expect to hear plenty more on these SUV handling issues in the coming weeks and months.



[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I've found that I could induce a massive oversteer slide in our 2004 Highlander by using the parking brake and the stability control couldn't correct it. Maybe CR, NHTSA and Toyota should investigate this potentially deadly problem!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Apparently. I thought it was obvious...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Obvious troll is obvious.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm I the only one who got the sarcasm????
      • 4 Years Ago

      It's got the usual tippy high center of gravity.

      But geese!!!!! It's UGLY!!!!!!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree 1000%...SO hideous! *leaves computer to go wretch*
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know about everyone else. But, I like it when my vehicles rear end slides when I get on the brakes deep into a turn. I wish there was a way to permanently disable ESC on every vehicle I drive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's 3 different settings for the GX that adjust how the ESC responds so frankly I don't think Toyota should change anything...if you hit the friggin' sport mode I don't see what the problem is with turning down the ESC. When Toyota cranks it up everyone whines about how dull and horribly nanny-ish the ESC system is, and when Toyota gives the car some room to breathe (while impressively turning on the ESC before the massive SUV flipped over) Consumer Reports gets their panties in a bunch and accuses it of being unsafe. Seriously they can't win with this nonsense. Maybe they should make a giant red button with a friggin' warning label on it-WARNING-CAR WILL REQUIRE SKILL TO DRIVE IF YOU HIT THIS BUTTON.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hmmm.
        Who drives an SUV at 10 / 10ths?
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is no different than other cases, in which the media revealed a safety defect on a car:

        In the 1990s, Mercedes recalled the A-class, stiffening the suspension and adding ESP after a magazine found out it would rollover in the "Elk test."

        In the 2000s, Audi recalled the TT, adding a rear spoiler and ESP and retuning the suspension, after its tendency for lift-off oversteer resulting in several deaths on the German autobahn.

        The suggestion only Lexus is being targeted by Consumer Reports is ridiculous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "oh crap, we forgot a step when designing our cars again"
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zamafir:

        It's a little weird that the ESC in the GX made it through validation. I know that Toyota has made a large investment in computer simulation-based testing, but I'm sure they still have proving grounds, ST/LT testing, etc.

        You're a frequent contributor here, so I'm curious if you know the answer to a question I asked the other day (that nobody answered). I think that ESC is being mandated for the light-truck/SUV/CUV segments in 2012 - do you know if the government is just mandating the presence of the feature, or are they also setting a minimum performance benchmark?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm just happy they're fessing up to problems and making changes to address them right away. It sucks that the things that happened with Toyota happened, but hopefully this will keep Toyota (and all other manufacturers) honest in the future.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why now, I would of hope that Toyota would of rigourously tested all their vehicles before they sold it to the public. I am of the opinion that many other car makers do not road test some of their vehicles, I had the experience of driving a few that give me that opinion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If only Toyota did the same when they were first informed that their brakes weren't working.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Money better spent would be to test the mental stability and IQ of the idiots that still believe in and defend Toyota. I guess someone still has to ride the short bus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So, a driver lifts off throttle during corner (a really stupid thing to do if you understand weight transfer) and it's Toyota's fault? Though I doubt it, based on your name, what would the CTS-V do if you take a fast corner full throttle and lift off the gas? enlighten us all, please. Do you recall why the previous 911 Turbos were RWD, then Porsche made them AWD? ESC is made to protect you from dumb you. There was a quote, can't remember were, about the Lotus Elise. Someone asked an engineer "does it have stability control, the engineer paused and said "yes, it has a gas and brake pedal, also a steering wheel."
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ caddy-v

        Fanboy alert!!!

        Here comes "Government Motors" defender. !@#$%
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