2010 Lexus RX Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2010 Lexus RX has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), along with the 2009 Audi Q5, 2009 Toyota Venza, and 2009 Volkswagen CC.

To be given this top safety mark, vehicles must rank as Good in front, side and rear impacts, as well as being equipped with electronic stability control.

To see for yourself, here are the front and side NHTSA crash test videos for the 2010 RX:

Even simulated like this, crashes always give me the creeps.



  1. I’ve always wondered why they use the highest trim levels when conducting a crash test. Purchasing the highest trim level RX just to crash it seems like a waste. The RX in the side impact crash video looks like it’s the one with all the bells and whistles judging by the rims.

    Otherwise hats off to Lexus for making another class leading safe vehicle.

  2. “Otherwise hats off to Lexus for making another class leading safe vehicle”

    this is lexus’ first vehicle making it into the top safety pick because it is their first with whiplash protection.

    and LOL at the almost tip over

  3. The near tip over makes me think…
    It looks scary, but at the same time, it looks like the tires and suspensions made the impact a little less harsh.

    I have a feeling that the IIHS and the NHTSA actually hoped to see the dummy truck push into the RX cabin rather than just push it up.

    And I know some people will hate me for saying this, but I approve of the vehicle rollover tests.

  4. well yea it looks scary but remember the cars just 20 years ago. pretty much indestructible. but they were heavy, slow, and boring. not as safe either. this is great for a crossover like this.

  5. and it almost tipped over because those two underfang things on the blue front bumper wen under and pulled up.

  6. is a car suppose to lift when it gets impacted on the side?

  7. Actually the LS was first with whiplash injury reduction & rear impact protection.

  8. http://www.iihs.org/ratings/head_restraints/headrestraints.aspx?lexus

    it gets a marginal for rear crash protection. US spec LS460s did not get the head protection, only euro spec

  9. I think it’s normal for a vehicle to push up a bit when hit on the side—I can’t see any way to prevent it.

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  11. @Josh:

    Great to see that the 2010 LS finally gets the same head restraints as in Europe, Asia, elsewhere…now they get the top score for rear safety as well.