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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
A class-leading complement of 10 airbags is standard.
Since the 2010 Lexus GX 460 is an all-new vehicle with a new structure, there aren't yet any crash-test ratings available. But there sure are plenty of safety features. In addition to the usual stability control and anti-lock brakes, Lexus claims that the GX 460 has a best-in-class ten airbags, including front side, rear seat side, and three-row side-curtain bags, plus knee bags for both front occupants. Active front head restraints also enhance rear impact safety. Unfortunately, with the beltline brought even higher than before and a thicker back pillar, the blind spots have grown, leaving you to double- and triple-check when changing lanes. A back-up camera is now standard, but a wide-view front and side monitor system that helps a lot more is optional and requires the navigation system. Also available is a Pre-Collision System, which primes the braking system for emergency braking and employs a driver monitor system; the feature is packaged together with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert, which detects lane markings and sounds a buzzer to warn the driver. Safety Connect—a GPS-based roadside assistance system—is included with all GX models.
Car and Driver: "There are 10 airbags plus driver aids such as lane-departure warning, a driver-attention monitor, adaptive cruise control, intelligent high-beams, active front lighting, precollision braking, and multifunction cameras."
Motor Trend: "Intelligent high beams come with the premium model, and other available safety options include dynamic radar cruise control and lane departure alert."
MotherProof: "When I’m slowed down as I approached a stop sign, for example, the front and side monitor cameras showed me if any small pedestrians might be crossing in front of me or if a bicyclist was pulling up beside me. Brilliant!"
Autoblog: “features a boatload of safety features”
Test results aren't yet available, but the 2010 Lexus GX 460 offers more safety features that other vehicles in this class, plus some nifty tech options. Visibility could be an issue for some drivers.