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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Structural reinforcements to improve crashworthiness
Visibility to the rear corners is slightly impeded by the roof pillars
Standard safety features include all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags
The 2010 Lexus RX 450h hasn't yet completed the full round of crash tests, but that alone isn't enough to keep this perennial safety standout from earning high marks in the safety category. The 2010 Lexus RX 450h is packed with active and passive safety features, as well as a few nifty visibility-enhancing devices that will prove invaluable.
As of this writing, no U.S. crash tests have yet been conducted on the 2010 Lexus RX 450h, but previous versions of the RX Lexus lineup have fared quite well. There's little reason to believe that the story will be any different for the Lexus RX 450h, especially considering that Edmunds reports "structural reinforcements to improve crashworthiness."
In terms of safety features, there's little more you could ask for than what comes on the 2010 Lexus RX 450h. Cars.com reports that "standard safety features include all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front and outboard rear seats, front and rear side curtain airbags, knee airbags for front-seat occupants, an electronic stability system and active head restraints." ConsumerGuide adds that "Lexus' Pre-Collision System, which is designed to tighten the seatbelts and ready full braking power when sensors detect an imminent collision," is also available on the Lexus RX 450h, while "Hill-start assist is a new standard feature." One other noteworthy safety feature, according to reviewers at Motor Trend, is the new set of headlamps "that automatically switch from high to low beams when a camera in the rearview mirror detects lights from vehicles ahead."
Speaking of cameras, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the RX Lexus lineup offers a few to help with driver visibility. Along with the usual backup camera, which Cars.com says is "included with the navigation system option," Cars.com states that the Lexus RX 450h is available with a "wide-view side monitoring system. Featuring a wide-angle camera mounted under the right mirror, the system can show an image on the navigation screen of the ground around the right side of the RX, to make parking easier."
Few vehicles on the road offer the combination of driver-awareness features and active-safety measures found on the 2010 Lexus RX 450h.