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2007 Lexus ES 350

Midsize luxury/near luxury car
  • Small overlap front
    P
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
P
G
G
G
M
2011
P
G
G
G
M
2010
P
G
G
G
M
2009
P
G
G
G
M
2008
P
G
G
G
M
2007
P
G
G
G
M

Applies to 2007-12 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
P
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
M
Lower leg/foot
P
Restraints and dummy kinematics
P
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Lexus ES 350 was redesigned for the 2007 model year.

Structure

The driver space was seriously compromised by intruding structure, as the door hinge pillar was torn away from the door sill during the crash. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 43 cm at the hinge pillar, and the instrument panel intruded 25-29 cm. The steering column was pushed back 7 cm toward the driver.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left knee and left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. Injuries to the left hip would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side and leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. The steering column moved upward 18 cm and 14 cm to the right, contributing to a lack of protection for the head and allowing little airbag cushioning for the chest. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy's head vulnerable to contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2012 Lexus ES 350 4-door
Weight 3,616 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase109 in.
Length192 in.
Width72 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1206
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)43
Footrest (cm)19
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)13
Brake pedal (cm)15
Parking brake (cm)41
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)5
Steering column7
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)25
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)26
Lower instrument panel (cm)29

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1206
Head
HIC-1551
Peak gs at hard contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)12
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm)18
Femur (kN)
Left6.1
Right1.8
Knee displacement (mm)
Left20
Right3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left19
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left1.30
Right0.50
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left2.1
Right2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left74
Right56

Applies to 2007-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The 2007 Lexus ES 350 is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Toyota Camry was redesigned for the 2007 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification. The Camry was redesigned again for the 2012 model year, so these ratings do not apply to 2012 models.

The frontal offset crash test ratings also apply to the Lexus ES 350, the midsize luxury/near luxury version of the Camry, beginning with 2007 models and continuing through the 2012 models, which were not redesigned.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Toyota Camry LE 4-door
Weight 3,303 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase109 in.
Length189 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0603
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)4
Left (cm)6
Center (cm)5
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-3
Rearward (cm)5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0603
Head
HIC-15175
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)13
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm)30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.3
Femur force - right (kN)1.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left0.25
Maximum tibia index - right0.49
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left54
Right71

Applies to 2007-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The 2007 Lexus ES 350 is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Toyota Camry was redesigned for the 2007 model year. The Camry was redesigned again for the 2012 model year, so these ratings do not apply to 2012 models.

The side impact crash test ratings also apply to the Lexus ES 350, the midsize luxury/near luxury version of the Camry, beginning with 2007 models and continuing through the 2012 models, which were not redesigned.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Toyota Camry LE 4-door
Weight 3,272 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase109 in.
Length189 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0622
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-16.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0622
Head HIC-15182
Neck
Tension (kN)0.5
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)41
Lateral force (kN)2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)35
Average deflection (mm)29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.3
Acetabulum force (kN)3.0
Combined force (kN)5.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)71
A-P moment (Nm) 29

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0622
Head HIC-1568
Neck
Tension (kN)0.2
Compression (kN)0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)16
Lateral force (kN)0.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)27
Average deflection (mm)23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.04
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.38
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.9
Combined force (kN)4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.2
L-M moment (Nm)57
A-P moment (Nm) 23

Applies to 2007-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,601 lbs
Peak force18,649 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.18
Tested vehicle
2011 Lexus ES 350 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2007-12 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)45
Distance below top of head (mm)22
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)17.0
Head contact time (ms)85
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)160
Max neck tension (N)707

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