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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good," frontal offset, side, and rear; Top Safety Pick
Five stars, front impacts; four stars, side impacts
The 2009 Lexus RX 350 scores highly in crash tests, and it has ample safety features and some interesting options.
The demanding Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awards the RX 350 2009 its top rating of "good." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Lexus RX 350 five out of five stars for front impact protection and four out of five for side impact.
The 2009 Lexus RX 350 is "equipped with the latest in passive safety features, including seven airbags...safety features that come standard include the mandated front airbags, plus a smaller airbag to protect the driver's knees, [while] front passengers get side-impact airbags for torso protection... curtain-style head protection airbags span both rows and deploy to offer head protection if the vehicle senses the possibility of a rollover,” says Automotive.com. In addition, "advanced ABS, traction control and electronic stability control come standard" in the Lexus RX 350 2009.
Safety options, according to Edmunds, include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing wipers.
TheCarConnection.com finds only a single complaint about visibility in the Lexus RX 350, although it hits on an observation that TheCarConnection.com’s editors think is quite common among crossover utility vehicles such as the RX 350. ConsumerGuide says the "bulky rear-roof pillars and narrowish tailgate window impede vision astern" in all Lexus RX models.
The 2009 Lexus RX 350 emerges from crash tests with great scores.