The 2014 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h models are both solid choices for families looking for safe, sensible, luxurious crossovers.
The Lexus RX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, receiving a rating of "Good" in frontal, side and rollover crash tests. In tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 RX 350 received four out of five stars in frontal and rollover crashes, and five out of five starts for side impacts, for an overall rating of five out of five stars.
Both models include all the usual safety features–ten airbags, side bags for the rear seats, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes–but there's a least a handful of features that really stand out. A hill-hold function helps allow for smooth launches when stopped on slippery, steep terrain, and the rearview camera helps with parking and backing out of the driveway, especially since the rear pillar can get in the way of visibility.
Among the RX's many advanced-tech accident-avoidance features are a Pre-Collision System that uses radar sensors to detect a possible impact, then readies the brakes and seatbelts for an imminent crash. Adaptive lighting and automatic high beams are also optional.