2005 Lexus ES 330

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

2005 Lexus ES 330 4-door sedan
2004 Lexus ES 330 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2004-06 models

Tested vehicle: 2002 Lexus ES 300 4-door

The Lexus ES 300 was redesigned for the 2002 model year and renamed the ES 330 for the 2004 model year because the engine size was increased.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the roof rail and grab handle during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was low.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0207
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 11
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 9
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 5
Right (cm) 5
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) 4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0207
Head
HIC-15 149
Peak gs at hard contact 24
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 34
Maximum Nij 0.44
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.8
Femur force - right (kN) 2.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.36
Maximum tibia index - right 0.58
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 63
Right 85

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2004-06 models built after April 2004

Tested vehicle: 2004 Lexus ES 330 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Lexus ES 300 was redesigned for the 2002 model year and renamed the ES 330 for the 2004 model year because the engine size was increased. All ES 330 models manufactured after April 2004 include modifications to the rear door trim panels to improve rear seat occupant protection in side-impact crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Two tests of the ES 330 were conducted. The injury ratings for the rear passenger are based on just the second test; measures for the rear passenger in the first test were not obtained because of equipment failure. The injury ratings for the driver and the head protection ratings for both the driver and passenger are based on both tests. Structural ratings also are based on both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the second of two crash tests.

View of the vehicle after the second crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the second side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was protected by the side airbag in the second test.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0414 CES0415
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -7.0 -7.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0414 CES0415
Head HIC-15 322 321
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.2 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 48 57
Lateral force (kN) 1.9 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 53 47
Average deflection (mm) 42 39
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.67 3.74
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.76 0.75
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.1 1.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.1 3.0
Combined force (kN) 4.2 4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 163 159
A-P moment (Nm) 45 42

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0415
Head HIC-15 184
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 30
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 50
Average deflection (mm) 36
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.26
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.77
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1
Combined force (kN) 2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 78
A-P moment (Nm) -18

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type All seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 75
Distance below top of head (mm) 68
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.9
Head contact time (ms) 102
Force rating 3
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 179
Max neck tension (N) 1,041

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted