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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
large and fairly upright glass area helps optimize driver sightlines
Kelley Blue Book
A back-up camera...improves rear visibility
side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for the first and second rows
Reviewers note that the 2009 Lexus GX 470 has many standard safety features, as is expected for this class of vehicle.
The 2009 Lexus GX 470's electronic stability system and traction control help to maintain contact with the road surface, according to Edmunds. Kelley Blue Book also lists "anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake force Distribution" as standard safety equipment. Kelley Blue Book reports that driver visibility behind the wheel of the 2009 Lexus GX 470 is no problem, as "its large and fairly upright glass area helps optimize driver sightlines in all directions." Visibility in the Lexus GX 470 is aided by an optional "back-up camera...[that] improves rear visibility," according to MyRide.com.
The GX hasn’t been crash-tested, but the almost structurally identical Toyota 4Runner has so-so ratings from the federal government, with four stars for frontal impact and five for side impact. It fares well in the IIHS frontal and side tests, with a top "good" rating, though it flunks the rear-impact test with a "poor" rating.
The 2009 Lexus GX470 has plenty of safety features, though it might not provide the protection of class leaders.