The influential Consumer Reports magazine has withdrawn its "Don't Buy" rating of the Lexus GX 460 luxury SUV following an official software fix.

Consumer Reports magazine prompted a recall of 9,400 Lexus GX 460 models sold in the US last month. The influential publication had rated the SUV as a "Don't Buy" after testing it and finding its ESP to be grossly inadequate. Lexus has since supplied a software fix for the problem and made it available to dealerships nationwide.

A new, more favourable rating has now been issued after Consumer Reports anonymously had its GX 460 fixed. New tests were conducted and the results were enough to change the previous overwhelmingly negative rating.

However, two of its competitors are still being recommended above the big Lexus. "Overall, there are better choices if you're looking for a seven-passenger SUV," said the magazine, "including the Acura MDX and Buick Enclave."

Watch the before and after video of the test.

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