2012 Lexus RX 350 Safety

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The 2012 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h are among the best family-vehicle safety picks on the market, with a strong set of active-safety tech features to complement excellent occupant protection.

Ten airbags are included in all RX models, along with side-curtain airbags and side bags for the rear seats, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control. And there's even a hill-holder feature for safer take-offs on steep, slippery terrain. Among the RX's many advanced-tech accident-avoidance features are 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 are also on offer.

Outward visibility—especially toward the back, when parking—can be problematic for drivers of a particular height range, so we recommend the available rearview camera system for the RX, as it helps with rearward visibility.

Even in a class of overachievers, the Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h are among the safest picks.

Crash-test scores have been top-notch. 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 again for 2012. And in federal NCAP occupant-protection tests, the RX models earn four out of five stars overall, five stars for side impact and four for frontal protection. The RX's five-star side-pole rating is yet another positive sign that you and your loves ones will be well-protected in a crash.

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