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The 2011 Lexus LS sedans offer a lot of safety features and promise top-notch protection.
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visibility is outstanding, as the LS 460's relatively low beltline makes for clear sight lines.

The 2011 Lexus LS 460 and LS 600h models are large, stoutly built luxury cars, with relatively low centers of mass (lower chance of rollover) and lots of safety equipment. Ask most safety experts and that's pretty much the formula for better survival odds in a bad crash; but there aren't a lot of crash-test results out there to verify it.

NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the agency of the federal government that rates vehicles for safety, hasn't at all crash-tested the Lexus LS—and it probably won't, as the LS is a relatively low-volume vehicle—but the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has awarded the LS sedans a "good" rating for their front-impact protection systems.

Lexus outfits its top-end luxury sedan with a wealth of standard and optional safety features. On all LS sedans, standard features include front side airbags, dual front knee bags, full-length side-curtain bags, and active headrests. Rear-seat side airbags are available. Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), an advanced version of electronic stability control, is standard, and it's integrated with traction control and anti-lock brakes.

Lexus now offers an Enform and Safety Connect system on subscription basis; the telematic systems notify Lexus if the vehicle is involved in an accident and summon emergency personnel automatically.

The Lexus LS also features a self-parking system that steers the vehicle into a parallel or row parking spot as the driver backs up; some will find it helpful and a safety aid, but to others it's a gimmick.


The 2011 Lexus LS sedans offer a lot of safety features and promise top-notch protection.

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