Why the 2022 Lexus RX Is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Again

The 2022 Lexus RX is a midsize luxury SUV that’s been a popular mainstay of the market for more than twenty years. It has a 3.5-liter V6 engine and there’s a hybrid option and some pretty great safety features. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Lexus RX a Top Safety Pick award again, so on top of everything else, the 2022 Lexus RX is safe. Let’s look at why the 2022 RX won the Top Safety Pick award again.

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The 2022 Lexus RX is super safe

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The 2022 Lexus RX has excellent safety equipment and crash test ratings. It has a good score for the small overlap front: driver-side test. Within this category are subcategories, including the structure and safety cage, driver injury measures, driver restraints, and dummy kinematics. The Lexus RX got a good score in each of these categories. Similarly, the small overlap front: passenger-side category and subcategories were all good. So were the moderate overlap front subcategory results. 

Side crash test ratings were also all good. These subcategories contain similar elements to the front crash tests: overall, structure and safety cage, driver injury measures. There’s also driver head protection and rear passenger injury measures, as well as rear passenger head protection. 

What is an IIHS Top Safety Pick award?

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To be awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must score a good rating in all of the IIHS crashworthy ratings. These include the driver-side small overlap front, the passenger-side small overlap front, and the moderate overlap front. In addition to these front crash tests, the vehicle must get a good score in the side crash tests, roof strength, and head restraint tests. 

Additionally, the vehicle must have an advanced or superior in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests. Headlights, often overlooked by car shoppers, must have a good or acceptable rating available. Oftentimes one trim level has good headlight ratings while another trim level does not, so it’s important to check the test results of the trim level you’re considering purchasing. 

How much does the new RX cost?

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The 2022 Lexus RX price starts at $46,395 for the base model and $53,675 for the higher-trim F SPORT. The base model RX comes with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and keyless entry with push-button start. It also has simulated leather upholstery, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In addition, Consumer Reports gives a 4/5 for both reliability and owner satisfaction. In fact, Consumer Reports notes that it “has continued to win the loyalty of its buyers by delivering a driving experience that accentuates comfort, tranquility, and luxury, topped off with good reliability.”

The 2022 Lexus RX is a high-quality luxury midsize SUV that blends comfort, style, and safety. Its excellent crash test ratings have helped it to earn one of the top safety honors from the IIHS. If you’re looking for a luxury SUV that is among the safest in the field, you can’t go wrong with the new Lexus RX.

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