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2014 Lexus ES 350

Midsize luxury/near luxury car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
2013 Lexus ES 350 shown
2013 Lexus ES 350 shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
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 2013-14 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 Lexus ES was redesigned for the 2013 model year. There are now two models, the ES 350 powered by a V6 gasoline engine and the ES 300h, a hybrid with both a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. Moderate offset frontal ratings apply to both models and are assigned by the Institute based on a test of an ES 350 conducted by Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification.

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. The driver and passenger side curtain airbags deployed during the crash.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Lexus ES 350 4-door
Weight 3,549 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length193 in.
Width72 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1203
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)6
Left (cm)8
Center (cm)4
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)0
Rearward (cm)-2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1203
Head
HIC-15212
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)27
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm)20
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.5
Femur force - right (kN)3.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)3
Knee displacement - right (mm)5
Maximum tibia index - left0.50
Maximum tibia index - right0.67
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left44
Right58

Applies to 2013-14 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 Lexus ES was redesigned for the 2013 model year. There are now two models, the ES 350 powered by a V6 gasoline engine and the ES 300h, a hybrid with both a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. Side ratings ratings apply to both models and are assigned by the Institute based on a test of an ES 350 conducted by Toyota as part of side crash test verification.

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 vehicle2013 Lexus ES 350 4-door
Weight 3,549 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length193 in.
Width72 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1205
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.
-14.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1205
Head HIC-15379
Neck
Tension (kN)0.6
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)44
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)30
Average deflection (mm)25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.56
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.33
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.9
Acetabulum force (kN)1.5
Combined force (kN)3.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)23
A-P moment (Nm) -53

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1205
Head HIC-1566
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)14
Lateral force (kN)0.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)23
Average deflection (mm)20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.66
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.23
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.4
Acetabulum force (kN)0.9
Combined force (kN)1.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.9
L-M moment (Nm)39
A-P moment (Nm) 137

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,558 lbs
Peak force18,556 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.22
Tested vehicle
Rating applies to both the ES 350 (tested) and the ES 300h (hybrid) models.
2013 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 2014 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings 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)11
Distance below top of head (mm)14
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)14.1
Head contact time (ms)56
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)415

Applies to 2013-14 models

System details

  • Optional Pre-Collision System

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
2 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 6 mph.
1 point

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 4 mph.
0 points

Tested vehicle

2013 Lexus ES 350 4-door

How this rating is determined

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