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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' rear impact; 'good,' roof strength;
'Basic,' frontal accident prevention
Top Safety Pick
Four stars overall, four stars frontal, five stars side
there's an available wide-angle side-view monitor to help the driver see what's happening in blind spots on the passenger side of the vehicle
The Lexus RX has been an impressive (although not quite top-tier) crash-test performer in recent model years, and it offers ten airbags, including side bags for the rear seats.
Both models in the 2015 Lexus RX lineup 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.
It's 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 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.
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 rearward visibility isn't otherwise that good because of the rear pillar placement.
The available PCS collision avoidance system uses radar sensors to detect a possible impact, and now pre-brakes the vehicle to potentially lessen the severity of a crash. Other safety-related options worth considering include adaptive lighting and automatic high beams.
Crash-test ratings for the Lexus RX family don't disappoint; and with some supplemental tech features, there's even more to help stay safe.