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2013 Lexus RX

midsize luxury SUV / 4-door SUV

2013 Lexus RX 4-door SUV
2010 Lexus RX shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection

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 2010-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Lexus RX 350 4-door 4wd

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.

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

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0823
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 ID VTF0823
Head
HIC-15 207
Peak gs at hard contact 16
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 - left 0.57
Maximum tibia index - right 0.31
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 49
Right 61

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2013-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Lexus RX 350 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags

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.

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 VTS0803 VTS1208 VTS1319
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -17.5 -17.0 -16.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1208 VTS1319
Head HIC-15 284 203
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.1 0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 25 26
Lateral force (kN) 1.4 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 27 31
Average deflection (mm) 24 24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.06 3.20
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.25 0.36
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.5 1.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.4 1.2
Combined force (kN) 2.8 2.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 65 94
A-P moment (Nm) 29 49

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1208 VTS1319
Head HIC-15 68 33
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.2 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 9 15
Lateral force (kN) 0.7 0.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29 25
Average deflection (mm) 17 18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.33 3.60
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.32 0.26
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.8 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.8 0.7
Combined force (kN) 1.6 0.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.0 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 174 226
A-P moment (Nm) 65 77

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2010-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Lexus RX 350 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,367 lbs
Peak force 18,634 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.27

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: All seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type All seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 28
Distance below top of head (mm) 36
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.7
Head contact time (ms) 69
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 14
Max neck tension (N) 456

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted