To start, there are 10 airbags in all, including curtain airbags and side bags for the rear seats, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control on all models, and even a hill-holder feature for safer take-offs on swoopy terrain. Optional safety equipment includes a dynamic-handling system that weaves together traction and stability control; a Pre-Collision System that uses radar sensors to detect a possible impact, then readies the brakes and seatbelts for an imminent crash; adaptive lighting; and automatic high beams.
And as proof that the RX is robust and secure, it scores very well in crash tests from both major agencies. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, the RX has achieved top 'good' results in frontal, side, rear, and roof strength tests, and earned Top Safety Pick status for 2011; and in the new federal NCAP tests, which are more stringent for 2011, the RX models earn four out of five stars overall, including four stars for frontal and five stars for side impact.
Additionally, the RX earned five stars in the new federal side pole test, which isn't yet being figured into the overall score; however, it's a very positive sign for this vehicle's occupant protection.
We recommend the available rearview camera system for the RX, as it helps with rearward visibility, which can be an issue for some drivers.