In the wake of a rare Consumer Reports Magazine “Don’t Buy” rating, Toyota’s Lexus division has asked its dealers to stop the sale of its GX 460 Luxury SUV. The vehicle was given the rating following tests conducted by Consumer Reports, which found that the large luxury SUV has a lag in its electronic stability control causing its rear wheels to roll over during sharp turns. Consumer Reports said that this could lead to rollovers, although none occurred during testing. Toyota called the move to suspend sales temporary to allow it to conduct thorough tests on the GX460.
Consumer Reports is a widely respected magazine that conducts tests on a variety of products including automobiles. It is very rare for a car to receive a “Don’t Buy” rating. The magazine last gave the rating to the 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Limited SUV. This news is the latest blow to Toyota as it hopes to rebound from the recall of millions of its vehicles due to problems relating to gas pedals and floor mats.
The GX 460 first went on sale in November 2009. It is the second generation of the Lexus GX model line. The GX 460 features a new 4.6 liter, V-8 engine that produces 301-horsepower. The vehicle has such luxurious interior amenities as 10-way power adjustable heated/ventilated front seats, leather trimmed seats and surfaces, automatic climate control, and power moon roof. Toyota has since sold about 6,000 GX460s, which has a base manufacturers suggested retail price of about $52,000. It is built on the same platform as the Toyota 4-Runner, but is three inches taller. The 4-Runner did not have the same problems in Consumer Reports testing.