The 2009 Lexus ES 350 garners awards for safety from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The IIHS awards the ES 350 a "good" rating, while NHTSA gives it five stars for front protection, five for driver side impacts, four stars for passenger side impacts, and four stars for rollover protection.
Standard safety equipment on the 2009 Lexus ES 350 includes eight airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and stability control. Motor Trend reports that “available rear-seat side bags bring the total to ten.”
Front seat belts automatically tighten and the brake assist prepares to go into action if the Lexus proprietary Pre-Collision System determines that a collision is imminent. The system will also activate the brakes without the driver if necessary, Edmunds says. Adaptive Cruise Control is also available; it uses radar to keep a safe distance between the Lexus 2008 ES 350 and the vehicle ahead in the lane.