The Lexus GX 460 SUV earns Consumer Reportsâ€™ approval now that it has received a software upgrade to its stability control system.
The magazine today says it has lifted the â€śDonâ€™t Buy: Safety Riskâ€ť designation slapped on the GX last month after the SUVâ€™s rear slid out further than expected in a turn during testing.
â€śCR considers this a safety risk because in a real-world situation this could cause a rear tire to strike a curb or slide off of the pavement, possibly causing the vehicle to roll over,â€ť the magazine says in a statement.
Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.â€™s Lexus Div., after replicating the magazineâ€™s test results, recalled the GX, specifying an upgrade was needed of its stability-control software.
Consumer Reports says new tests of a fixed GX show it understeered rather than oversteered in the same turn.
However, the magazine still finds the SUV â€śponderous and ungainly, as is common with traditional body-on-frame SUVs.â€ť
Lexusâ€™ U.S. chief Mark Templin said earlier this week all current GX 460 owners have been contacted by Lexus and, as of May 3, 75% of the 9,400 SUVs recalled had received the software fix.