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April 13th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

'Don't buy' rating for Lexus SUV

(CNN) – Toyota is taking it on the chin again. Consumer Reports has put out an urgent warning to the car-buying public: "Don't buy" the 2010 Lexus GX 460.

The magazine says the luxury SUV poses an unacceptable safety risk because it's prone to skidding while turning, posing a possible rollover hazard.

What does this mean for Toyota, the parent company of Lexus?

Jon Linkov, managing editor of Consumer Reports Cars, and Neal Boudette, Detroit bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to break it down.

Read more: Magazine issues safety warning on 2010 Lexus SUV


Filed under: Business
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. jr

    and what about the 470? looks like the same size and weight displacement. And the Navigator...same basic shape. Seems like Toyota has been pretty untouchable until now – is it a coincidence that GM went belly-up? Is there a conspiracy to knock down foreign cars so that American cars like GM can get back into the arena?

    Who knows – these days you can't trust anything or anybody.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  2. P Weigel

    This car is a beautiful car but is not meant to be a nimble like a sports car as previously mentioned in email. I will definitely get with my Lexus dealership but I have all confidence that they will correct any problem. I think Toyota is under attack by all commentators. Let's try looking at all cars and not focus on Lexus.

    April 13, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  3. Adrian Snare

    Are the testers trying to maneuver the huge Lexus as if it were a nimble sports car(Saab Sonnet, MG TD, Corvette, many more) ??
    I think they should stay in their boiler rooms...

    April 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  4. Phil Cooper

    This is stupid. Having watched the video, I would EXPECT a vehicle to roll over if it were driven that way. I've driven high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles for hundreds of thousands of miles without even getting close to fishtailing or rolling over, and none of them were equipped with anti-lock brakes or stability control systems. If someone is unable to drive so that they stay out of trouble under ordinary conditions, perhaps they should hang up their car keys and take a bus or streetcar.

    Considering that Consumer Reports issued a poor rating for the Chevrolet Corvette some years ago for "body rust" (how does a plastic auto body rust?), take any pronouncements issued by that organization for what it's worth - which ain't much.

    April 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm |