The verdict is still out on the 2016 Lexus RX family, as it’s been completely redesigned, and built on a revised platform and entirely new body structure—one that emphasizes the use of high-tensile-strength steels, and with some new assembly methods that help improve the body’s crash performance.
The 2016 RX family already has earned a place on the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ list, based on its top "Good" ratings in all areas of crash-testing, and including a top "Superior" rating for front crash prevention, with the available Lexus Safety Sense package and its pre-collision system.
All the expected occupant-safety items are here in the 2016 RX—with 10 standard airbags, including a driver knee bag and a passenger-side cushion-mounted anti-submarine airbag.
Lexus has packaged the top active-safety systems—adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and departure warning, and automatic high beam headlamps—for the RX as an option group, at a lower price than such systems are given in other luxury models. A blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert system is also available.
Outward visibility is actually a bit better than the outgoing model. You might not guess this given the tapered look of the profile near the back of the vehicle, but thanks to thinner pillars all around, a wider rear quarter window, and higher rear seatbelt mounting, it does deliver on the promise of a cleaner look and better field of vision from the inside.
The rearview camera that’s included in all RX models includes dynamic sightlines, and the available panoramic view monitor combines camera views around the vehicle, to help spot nearby bicyclists, pedestrians, objects, or other vehicles.