Trevor Collett | Jan 19, 2016

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has awarded Lexus’ RX SUV the maximum 5-star safety rating during the latest round of crash tests.

The RX was tested by sister organisation Euro NCAP, and the 5-star rating applies to all variants sold in Australia and New Zealand from October 2015.

“The RX joins a competitive SUV market and offers a range of safety assist technologies as standard, including autonomous emergency braking, lane support system and reverse collision avoidance,” ANCAP CEO Mr James Goodwin said.

“These new technologies can help avoid a crash in the first place and so we would urge consumers to look for a car with not only good structural performance, but with features to potentially prevent a collision.”

Mr Goodwin said the RX’s pedestrian rating of ‘good’ was encouraging, with the model scoring 29 points from 36 for pedestrian safety.

The models scored 32 points from 38 for adult passenger protection, and 40 points from 49 for child protection.

“In the frontal offset test the passenger compartment of the RX held its shape well, all doors remained closed and there was good protection for the driver in the side impact test,” Mr Goodwin said.

The RX joins its stablemate, the IS, in being the most recent Lexus to be rated at the maximum 5-stars for safety; with the latter joined by six other cars on a list of 5-star achievers in October last year.

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