WASHINGTON – The 2016 Lexus ES 350 luxury sedan earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
On sale now at Lexus dealerships, the 2016 ES 350 received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating also applies to the 2016 Lexus ES 300h hybrid.
The 2016 ES 350 is equipped with 10 standard airbags, including front knee airbags and rear side airbags.
For 2016, the newly available Lexus Safety System+ Package bundles a pre-collision system, lane departure warnings (with steering assist to help keep the car centered in its lane), adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlight control. The pre-collision system is a fairly basic frontal collision warning system, though it does have the ability to apply the brakes automatically in a potential collision situation and, for 2016, it’s able to detect pedestrians in addition to other vehicles.
Optional safety equipment includes a blind-spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2016 ES 350 earned a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The sedan earned “Good” scores in all Institute crash tests and its frontal crash prevention system received the top score of “Superior.”
Key competitors of the ES 350 include the Acura TLX, Hyundai Genesis and Lincoln MKZ.
Edmunds says: Top crash scores from both the government and the IIHS are further reasons to consider the well-rounded and sensible Lexus ES.