Lexus NX Crossover Earns Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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The 2019 Lexus NX, the luxury automaker’s midsize offering, earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest safety rating, having been named a Top Safety Pick Plus vehicle. The rating only applies to models built after January 2019, though.

To qualify to be a Top Safety Pick Plus vehicle, the NX had to earn a rating of “Good” in the institute’s crash tests, have a rating of at least “Advanced” for its front crash prevention system, and headlights that earn a rating of “Good.” The NX met all of these requirements and even had a standard front crash prevention system that was found to be “Superior.”

Models built before January didn’t meet the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick Plus requirements, but Lexus made structural changes to the passenger side of the crossover to perform better in the organization’s passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test. The changes helped the NX earn the safety rating.

Lexus NX

Unlike other vehicles, both of the NX’s available headlights earned the IIHS’ highest available rating of “Good.” The majority of automakers have started to offer multiple headlight options on their vehicles that earn different ratings from the IIHS. Usually, you have to buy one of the higher-end trims and tack on an extra package to get “Good” rated headlights. Both LED projector headlights found on the NX, including the base option and the available curve-adaptive headlights, earned the highest rating possible.

The NX joins the Acura RDX, BMW X3, BMW X5, Hyundai Nexo, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class as SUVs that earned a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the IIHS. The Volvo XC60 and the Infiniti QX60 are Top Safety Pick vehicles. Pricing for the 2019 NX starts at $37,510 (including destination).

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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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