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there's also a grille-mounted radar to detect a possible collision and a bumper-mounted sonar system for feeling your way into a parking space
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The GX hasn't been evaluated in recent years by the agencies that crash-test cars, but it does come with a long list of passive and active safety features.
Safety Connect—a GPS-based roadside assistance system—is included with all GX models. And the GX 460 has a few features that might actually help avoid an accident. The Pre-Collision System primes the braking system for emergency braking and employs a driver monitor system; it's packaged together with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert, sounds a buzzer to warn the driver if the vehicle strays out of lane markings.
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 rearview 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.
Crash-test scores are nearly absent, but the Lexus GX has a dollop of the latest safety technology.