Imagine someone regularly making a fortune on the things you throw away. I'm not talking banana peels and recycled plastic containers out of the garbage can; more like how you might feel about the person who happily, enthusiastically marries your ex after you couldn't make the relationship work. It might be kind of galling, right? (Unless you're pretty evolved emotionally and just want your ex to be happy. But that's a subject for a different column.) With that in mind, go wander about for a bit on a site like Autotrader or Bringatrailer.com and check out the current astronomical asking prices for yesterday's castoffs, the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Hummer H1. Let's start with the Hummer because it's probably easier to explain. The civilian version of the armed forces' replacement for the Jeep captured the public imagination in 1992 after the military version's starring role in the Gulf War. From the get-go, the H1 wasn't just over the top in terms of design and abilities. In fact, it … [Read more...] about Did Toyota ax the FJ Cruiser too soon?
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2018 Lexus GX460 4.6-liter V8, DOHC (301 hp @ 5500 rpm, 329 lb-ft. @ 3500 rpm)Six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive15 city / 18 highway / 16 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)16.0 city / 12.9 highway / 14.6 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km)18.7 (observed mileage, MPG)Base Price: $52,850 US / $76,606 CADAs Tested: $54,380 US / $76,606 CADPrices include $995 destination charge in the United States and $2206 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, because of cross-border equipment differences, can’t be directly compared. When the good folks who bring me cars for review each week mentioned that a Lexus GX460 would be coming to my door, I honestly forgot what the GX was. That’s the curse of a alphanumeric model naming scheme — unless the car itself is iconic, with decades of enthusiast love behind it, it’s hard to develop a connection to a few letters and numbers. It’s not exactly invisible in the showroom, however — it’s big, and … [Read more...] about 2018 Lexus GX460 Review – Invisibility Cloak With Off-road Chops
CARS.COM — Which cars are included in the Takata airbag inflator recall? As of January 2018, the massive airbag inflator recall already covered some 50 million airbag inflators in 37.5 million cars in the U.S. after a series of expansions since the initial campaign. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expects the still-expanding recall to affect 65 million to 70 million inflators in 42 million cars by 2020. Related: More Takata Recall News The Takata airbag recalls specifically involve the inflator inside the airbag. You may see terms like "airbag inflator" or just "airbag" in our reporting; unless specifically noted as otherwise, all such references refer to the inflator. The repair for your particular car may involve replacing the entire airbag assembly or just the inflator. Automakers will determine the specific cars affected by Takata's recalls and notify owners with their own recall. As we did previously, we'll update this story … [Read more...] about Is Your Car Part of the Takata Airbag Recall?
The 2018 Lexus GX 460 has been on sale since late 2009. There have been a few minor updates, but a 2018 model is essentially the same as one from 2010. It's based on the global Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and shares more than a little with the Toyota 4Runner. It slots between the Lexus RX and the big daddy Lexus LX. Despite its age, it's still a seller. Sales were up in 2017. In fact, the GX had its best year in the U.S. since 2005. Blame cheap gas all you want. Really, people just want SUVs. We have a base-spec model. The only option is navigation. There's no heated seats or upgraded audio or safety features like blind-spot monitoring or active cruise control. It's basic and honest, but it also highlights just how out of date the GX really is. Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: The GX 460 is a body-on-frame, V8-powered, three-row grunt. It's comfortable and functional, but in a segment with more than a few options, this one struggles to stand out. The styling is polarizing yet somehow also … [Read more...] about 2018 Lexus GX 460 Drivers’ Notes Review