2020 Lexus RX Earns 2nd-Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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After Lexus made some revisions to the 2020 RX, the midsize SUV earned a Top Safety Pick Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The rating only applies to 2020 models, as those SUVs come with reinforcements that were made to the front end to improve the RX’s performance in the institute’s front-end crash tests.

With the revisions, the 2020 RX earned a rating of Good in all six of the IIHS’ crash tests. The IIHS specifically claims that the changes Lexus made to the SUV’s front end helped it earn a better rating in its passenger-side small overlap front test. The 2019 model was not put through the test.

Beyond the crash tests, the RX had headlights that earned a rating of Acceptable and had a standard front crash prevention system that was found to be Superior. Interestingly, when it comes to headlights, the base LED projector units on the RX were found to be Acceptable, as were the triple-beam LED headlights that are available for an extra $1,675. Lexus offers an adaptive version of the triple-beam LED headlights as an available feature for $1,975. Despite being the most expensive headlights available, they earned the lowest score of Poor. This is a rare instance where getting the most expensive headlights results in the worst score.

There are quite a few midsize luxury SUVs that have earned a high safety rating from the IIHS. The Infiniti QX60, Volvo XC60, and Volvo XC90 are all Top Safety Pick SUVs. The Mercedes-Benz GLE, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lexus NX, BMW X5, BMW X3, and Acura RDX all earned the IIHS’ highest safety rating of being named Top Safety Pick+ SUVs.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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