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2015 Lexus RX

Midsize luxury SUV

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2015
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2014
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
autobrake
not tested
2013
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
Crash avoidance rating
2000
G
Crash avoidance rating
1999
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2010-15 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 RX was redesigned for the 2010 model year. 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. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail grab handle above the driver door.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2010 Lexus RX 350 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,392 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase108 in.
Length188 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0823
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)10
Left (cm)8
Center (cm)7
Right (cm)6
Brake pedal (cm)2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0823
Head
HIC-15207
Peak gs at hard contact16
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)16
Maximum Nij 0.33
Chest maximum compression (mm)33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.0
Femur force - right (kN)1.2
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left0.57
Maximum tibia index - right0.31
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left49
Right61

Applies to 2013-15 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 RX was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Beginning with 2013 models, design changes were made to the side curtain airbags and rear door trim panels to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Beginning with 2015 models, the side curtain airbags were extended farther forward, but this change does not affect performance in the Institute's side impact test.

Three tests of the RX were conducted by Toyota, one a 2010 model, the second a 2013 model, and the third was designated as a 2011 model but included all of the design changes of the 2013 and 2015 models. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute as part of side crash test verification. Ratings for the 2013 and 2015 models are combined, but the structure rating is based on all three tests because there were no structural changes.

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 vehicle2010 Lexus RX 350 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,508 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase108 in.
Length188 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS0803VTS1208VTS1319
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.
-17.5-17.0-16.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1208VTS1319
Head HIC-15284203
Neck
Tension (kN)1.00.3
Compression (kN)0.10.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)2526
Lateral force (kN)1.41.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)2731
Average deflection (mm)2424
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.063.20
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.250.36
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.51.5
Acetabulum force (kN)1.41.2
Combined force (kN)2.82.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.30.6
L-M moment (Nm)6594
A-P moment (Nm) 2949

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1208VTS1319
Head HIC-156833
Neck
Tension (kN)0.10.2
Compression (kN)0.20.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)915
Lateral force (kN)0.70.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)2925
Average deflection (mm)1718
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.333.60
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.320.26
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.80.4
Acetabulum force (kN)0.80.7
Combined force (kN)1.60.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.00.8
L-M moment (Nm)174226
A-P moment (Nm) 6577

Applies to 2010-15 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight4,367 lbs
Peak force18,634 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.27
Tested vehicle
2010 Lexus RX 350 4-door 4wd
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 2010-15 models

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

Seat type

All seats AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat typeAll seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm)28
Distance below top of head (mm)36
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.7
Head contact time (ms)69
Force rating1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)14
Max neck tension (N)456

Applies to 2015 models

System details

  • Optional Pre-Collision System with Pre-Collision Braking

Package name

  • Optional Pre-Collision System with Pre-Collision Braking

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
3 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 5 mph.
1 point

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 9 mph.
1 point

How this rating is determined

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