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2016 Lexus IS 250/350

Midsize luxury/near luxury car
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment

Headlights
A
with optional
equipment

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Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2016
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2015
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2014
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2013
P
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
P
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2011
P
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2010
P
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2009
P
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2008
P
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2007
P
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2006
P
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2014-16 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.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Lexus IS was redesigned for the 2014 model year. There are two models, the IS 250 and IS 350, depending on engine size. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test 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 side curtain airbag deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2014 Lexus IS 250 4-door 2wd
Weight 3,627 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length184 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.5 L V6
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1310
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)8
Left (cm)8
Center (cm)8
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)0
Rearward (cm)-6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1310
Head
HIC-15187
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)8
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm)30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.9
Femur force - right (kN)2.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)3
Knee displacement - right (mm)3
Maximum tibia index - left0.68
Maximum tibia index - right0.54
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left62
Right54

Applies to 2014-16 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.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Lexus IS was redesigned for the 2014 model year. There are two models, the IS 250 and IS 350, depending on engine size. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test 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 vehicle2014 Lexus IS 250 4-door 2wd
Weight 3,627 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length184 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.5 L V6
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1306
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.
-17.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1306
Head HIC-15345
Neck
Tension (kN)0.7
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)46
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)26
Average deflection (mm)23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.04
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.37
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.4
Acetabulum force (kN)1.6
Combined force (kN)3.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)110
A-P moment (Nm) 72

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1306
Head HIC-1567
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)21
Lateral force (kN)0.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)12
Average deflection (mm)12
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)1.26
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.05
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.2
Acetabulum force (kN)1.2
Combined force (kN)2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)93
A-P moment (Nm) 35

Applies to 2014-16 models

System details

  • Optional Pre-Collision System

Package name

  • Optional Pre Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
4 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, this vehicle nearly avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 7 mph.
1 point

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 4 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Pre-collision system package
Low-beam headlight typeHID projector
High-beam headlight typeHID projector
Curve-adaptive?No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?Yes
Overall rating
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never created excessive glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right and gradual left curves and inadequate on the sharp left and sharp right curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on both right curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight typeHID projector
High-beam headlight typeHID projector
Curve-adaptive?No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?No
Overall rating
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never created excessive glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right and gradual left curves and inadequate on the sharp left and sharp right curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Premium and Pre-collision system packages
  • All trims equipped with Luxury and Pre-collision system packages
  • All trims equipped with F-Sport and Pre-collision system packages
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED projector
Curve-adaptive?No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?Yes
Overall rating
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never created excessive glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the gradual left and sharp right curves, and inadequate on the sharp left curve.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Premium package
  • All trims equipped with Luxury package
  • All trims equipped with F-Sport package
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED projector
Curve-adaptive?No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?No
Overall rating
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never created excessive glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the gradual left and sharp right curves, and inadequate on the sharp left curve.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Pre-collision system package
Low-beam headlight typeHID projector
High-beam headlight typeHID projector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
A
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge104.8 mYes
Straightaway left edge51.3 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge65.4 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge46.6 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge51.4 mYes
150m radius left curve, left edge45.4 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge153.0 m
Straightaway left edge140.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge68.4 m
250m radius left curve, left edge65.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge52.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge53.8 m

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight typeHID projector
High-beam headlight typeHID projector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
A
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge104.8 mYes
Straightaway left edge51.3 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge65.4 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge46.6 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge51.4 mYes
150m radius left curve, left edge45.4 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge153.0 m
Straightaway left edge140.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge68.4 m
250m radius left curve, left edge65.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge52.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge53.8 m

Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Premium and Pre-collision system packages
  • All trims equipped with Luxury and Pre-collision system packages
  • All trims equipped with F-Sport and Pre-collision system packages
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED projector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
A
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge85.0 mYes
Straightaway left edge46.2 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge64.4 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge47.1 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge53.1 mYes
150m radius left curve, right edge46.4 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge138.6 m
Straightaway left edge128.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge75.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge68.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge56.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge51.2 m

Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Premium package
  • All trims equipped with Luxury package
  • All trims equipped with F-Sport package
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED projector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
M
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge85.0 mYes
Straightaway left edge46.2 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge64.4 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge47.1 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge53.1 mYes
150m radius left curve, right edge46.4 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge138.6 m
Straightaway left edge128.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge75.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge68.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge56.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge51.2 m

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

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