Lexus RZ Earns High Marks in Euro NCAP Safety Tests

Lexus has rolled out its first globally accessible all-electric executive vehicle, the Lexus RZ, which has recently undergone safety evaluations by Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Program). This luxury vehicle meets Euro NCAP’s standards for comprehensive crash protection for a diverse range of passengers and introduces groundbreaking active safety technologies. The RZ is the inaugural vehicle to receive Euro NCAP’s recognition for Child Presence Detection under its new 2023 rating system.

Why It Matters

Safety remains a cornerstone in the automotive industry, and the Lexus RZ’s performance in Euro NCAP’s rigorous tests underscores its commitment to providing advanced safety features. The safety ratings and technologies not only meet but in some instances exceed, the stringent European safety legislation that came into effect in July 2022. With studies indicating that Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) could prevent up to 62% of traffic-related fatalities each year, the RZ’s safety features are of paramount importance.

Key Points

  • The Lexus RZ shares its platform with previously tested models such as Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra.
  • The vehicle performed exceptionally in full-scale crash tests, particularly earning top scores in the side barrier test.
  • Although chest protection for rear passengers in a full-width rigid barrier test and rib compression in the side pole test showed room for improvement, the RZ offers a standard center airbag to reduce occupant-to-occupant injuries.
  • The RZ comes equipped with state-of-the-art ADAS features that excel in autonomous emergency braking tests.
  • A notable addition is the Child Presence Detection system, designed to mitigate risks associated with leaving a child unattended in the car, especially in hot weather conditions.
  • The car includes post-crash rescue enhancements like an advanced eCall system, a multi-collision brake, and safeguards for submerged vehicle scenarios.

Bottom Line

While the Lexus RZ stands as a testament to automotive advancements in both luxury and safety, there is room for the industry to improve standardization and user experience with ADAS technology. Euro NCAP is actively working with manufacturers, including Lexus, to refine its evaluation of ADAS features and to educate consumers on the critical benefits of these systems. As safety technologies continue to evolve, the RZ serves as an example of the industry’s progress toward the goal of zero accidents.


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