The 2008 Lexus IS-F’s safety package is comprehensive, but its electronic stability controls leave the enthusiasts unsatisfied and the consumer reviewers wondering why it can be disengaged.
The basics of the Lexus IS-F’s safety aren’t controversial at all. The IS-F sports all the expected airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control as standard. Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn’t tested the new Lexus sports sedan, the private Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has—and it’s rated the Lexus IS-F as “good” for both front and side impact protection.
The controversy comes from the switchable stability control, which will “allow you to have plenty of fun on back roads.” It can be turned off by drivers, but AutoMedia warns that doing so is “is asking for a crash,” since the IS-F’s power will “cause the tail to slide excessively.” Still, the enthusiasts aren’t entirely satisfied with the control over the system: Road & Track says the “Sport mode cuts in far too early to allow much fun.”
For the average consumer, MotherProof.com’s assessment rings truest: “I felt perfectly safe and steady.”