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2018 Lexus NX

midsize luxury SUV / 4-door SUV

2018 Lexus NX 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Standard system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Standard lane departure warning
  • Standard lane departure prevention

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.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Lexus NX 200t Premium 4-door 4wd

The Lexus NX was introduced in the 2015 model year and is derived from the Toyota RAV4.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

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

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1449
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 9
Footrest (cm) 6
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 4
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 3
Upper dash (cm) 3
Lower instrument panel (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1449
Head
HIC-15 150
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21
Femur (kN)
Left 1.4
Right 1.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.48
Right 0.48
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.9
Right 1.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 115
Right 54

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Lexus NX 200t Premium 4-door 4wd

The Lexus NX was introduced in the 2015 model year and is derived from the Toyota RAV4. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1410
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1410
Head
HIC-15 174
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 13
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.3
Femur force - right (kN) 2.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.34
Maximum tibia index - right 0.44
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 66
Right 126

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Lexus NX 200t Premium 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Lexus NX was introduced in the 2015 model year and is derived from the Toyota RAV4. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Toyota as part of side crash test verification.

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle:2015 Lexus NX 200t Premium 4-door 4wd

The Lexus NX was introduced in the 2015 model year and is derived from the Toyota RAV4. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Toyota as part of side crash test verification.

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
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1413
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -15.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1413
Head HIC-15 401
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 49
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 30
Average deflection (mm) 22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 8.10
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.41
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5
Combined force (kN) 3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 80
A-P moment (Nm) 15

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1413
Head HIC-15 203
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 25
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 17
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.40
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5
Combined force (kN) 2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 176
A-P moment (Nm) -55

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Lexus NX 200t Premium 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,972 lbs
Peak force 20,394 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.13

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 4
Distance below top of head (mm) 1
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 14.2
Head contact time (ms) 59
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 351

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Standard Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Protection

Applies to 2018-19 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • 300 trim equipped with Triple-Beam LED headlamps with AFS package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Some glare

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

The low beams created some 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 good in all 4 tests.

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 300 trim equipped with Triple-Beam LED headlamps with AFS package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2018-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 130.0 m 8.3 %
Straightaway left edge 63.1 m 8.3 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 90.2 m 10.3 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 64.2 m 2.3 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 74.3 m 0.5 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 59.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 144.7 m
Straightaway left edge 138.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 87.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 89.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 74.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 75.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • 300 trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

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 both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 300 trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2018-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 133.2 m None
Straightaway left edge 61.3 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.2 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 58.3 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.9 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 157.4 m
Straightaway left edge 134.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 63.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 51.3 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2018-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim NX 300
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 14
Clearance angle (degrees) 71
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 13
Clearance angle (degrees) 73
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Roof
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 11
Clearance angle (degrees) 75
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 11
Clearance angle (degrees) 74
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated