The Lexus GX 460 SUV earns Consumer Reports‚Äô approval now that it has received a software upgrade to its stability control system.
The magazine today says it has lifted the ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Buy: Safety Risk‚ÄĚ designation slapped on the GX last month after the SUV‚Äôs rear slid out further than expected in a turn during testing.
‚ÄúCR 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,‚ÄĚ the magazine says in a statement.
Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.‚Äôs Lexus Div., after replicating the magazine‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúponderous and ungainly, as is common with traditional body-on-frame SUVs.‚ÄĚ
Lexus‚Äô 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.