5 practical SUVs with solid safety ratings
2014 Lexus RX 350
- Starting price: $39,760
- Engine specs: 3.5 liters, six cylinders
- Gas mileage:
- City - 18 mpg city
- Highway - 25 mpg highway
Both the 2013 and 2014 models of the Lexus RX 350 have received five-star overall ratings from the NHTSA.
This luxury vehicle provides some of the latest enhancements available for safety, such as a four-sensor, four-channel, anti-lock braking system. It also includes brake assist technology, which can sense a panic braking situation and apply additional brake pressure until the driver releases the pedal. The vehicle also has electronic brake-force distribution, which helps keep the car stable when a driver presses the brakes.
The RX 350 has a 10 air bag system that includes driver and front passenger air bags, as well as side and rear-side air bags. The SUV includes front passenger seat detection that is designed to determine whether the seat is occupied by an adult, a child or is vacant, and to react accordingly in the event of a collision. The front, side and knee air bags won't deploy if the system detects a child or empty passenger seat.