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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
advanced safety technology
enthusiast-oriented suspension...limits body pitch and roll motions
Kelley Blue Book
most all the safety equipment presently offered
Four stars, frontal crash protection; five stars, side impact protection
The 2008 Lexus IS 250 gets good--if not perfect--marks for safety from reviewers consulted by TheCarConnection.com.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the Lexus IS at four stars for front impacts and five stars for side impacts.
Edmunds reports that these and the "full complement" of airbags are standard equipment on the 2008 Lexus IS, in addition to traction and stability control. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the anti-lock brakes provide brake-force distribution and assist, and the 2008 Lexus offers side and side curtain airbags, as well as knee airbags. The reviewer adds: "very BMW-like, there's a first-aid kit."
Safety options in the 2008 Lexus include accident-avoidance features. The Lexus IS's Pre-Collision System is packaged with the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control feature, which uses radar to detect obstacles out in front. If the onboard computer determines an unavoidable collision is imminent, the system stiffens up the suspension, tightens up the seatbelts, and pre-initializes the brake assist in preparation for impact. According to Cars.com, a backup camera is available as well.
The 2008 Lexus IS has good crash performance and plenty of standard safety gear.