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A feature that helped the Lexus win FWOTY is its fullsize spare, mounted underneath the rig (no muddy flat in with your clean luggage). That tire is surrounded by a real truck-like frame--no wimpy unibody here. Note the factory tow hook on the left rail--all are features that we like to see on stock 4x4s, and things we take note of in our FWOTY tests. Unfortunately, the tire had to go because the spare is now a 33 and wouldn't fit underneath. At least we have a frame to weld to. The new rear crossmember contains a receiver, which we feel is the best point for a recovery hook.