2010 Lexus HS 250h Safety

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Like most luxury brands, Lexus has begun to offer a vast array of high-tech safety features, some of which are better received than others in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com.

The 2010 Lexus HS 250h hasn’t yet been crash tested by either of the major testing authorities (the federal government’s NHTSA and the insurance industry’s IIHS), but the Lexus HS 250h is packed with enough standard safety gear to make all but the most demanding safety-conscious shopper forget about the lack of crash-test data. Stay tuned to TheCarConnection.com for the latest updates on the HS 250h’s crash-test results, which we’ll bring you as soon as they become available.

Even without crash-test data, it’s pretty clear the 2010 Lexus HS 250h is a safety-first sedan.

Inside the tech-heavy HS 250h, drivers and passengers alike will be protected by a number of electronic safety features, as well as the more standard safety fare. Cars.com reviewers  note that “standard safety features include 10 airbags, active front-seat head restraints, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.” One of the Lexus HS 250h’s more unusual features, according to Jalopnik, is its “front camera, which provides a 180 degree view so you can poke your nose out of obstructed view area[s] into traffic and see what’s coming.”

Most luxury vehicles like the 2010 Lexus HS 250h offer an available rearview camera, but few can match the front-view camera that will be sure to prevent a number of fender benders. Not all reviewers are impressed, however, and Edmunds says the camera “seems to display pretty much what you see out of the front anyway, and it just won’t switch off and go away.” On the options front, Cars.com reports that the 2010 Lexus HS 250h can be equipped with “Lane-Keep Assist, which uses a camera to monitor lane markings and can alert the driver if he or she strays,” as well as “adaptive cruise control,” a system that “maintains a following distance behind the car ahead” and can warn drivers if they approach an obstacle too quickly.

One of the benefits of the extensive glasswork found on the Lexus HS 250h is that it affords better-than-average driver visibility, which can be considered an important safety characteristic. ConsumerGuide remarks that “visibility over the driver’s left shoulder is blocked by a thick roof pillar,” but otherwise “rear-corner visibility is good,” as is the view straight back.

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