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2019 Lexus ES 350

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights

2019 Lexus ES 350 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights(varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention
Standard system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Lexus ES 350 4-door

The Lexus ES was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Two driver-side small overlap frontal tests of the ES were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the Institute's driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well (Institute test car shown).

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury (Institute test shown).

The driver's space was maintained well in both tests, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1812 VTN1810
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 1 1
Footrest (cm) 2 3
Left toepan (cm) 1 4
Brake pedal (cm) 2 3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0 0
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 1 1
Upper dash (cm) 2 1
Lower instrument panel (cm) 3 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1812 VTN1810
Head
HIC-15 139 175
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 20 19
Maximum Nij 0.19 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21 25
Femur (kN)
Left 0.6 0.7
Right 0.6 1.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0 1
Right 0 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0 0
Right 0 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.40 0.47
Right 0.60 0.55
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.1 2.4
Right 1.4 1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 50 59
Right 45 51

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Lexus ES 350 4-door

The Lexus ES was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1822
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Footrest (cm) 8
Right toepan (cm) 12
Center toepan (cm) 10
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 3
Upper dash (cm) 4
Right lower dash (cm) 3

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1822
Head
HIC-15 190
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Femur (kN)
Left 1.7
Right 1.8
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 4
Right 5
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.42
Right 0.41
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.8
Right 2.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 114
Right 82

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1822
Head
HIC-15 132
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 11
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Femur (kN)
Left 0.7
Right 1.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.45
Right 0.42
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.9
Right 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 82
Right 63

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Lexus ES 350 4-door

The Lexus ES was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1822
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 9
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1822
Head
HIC-15 341
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.8
Femur force - right (kN) 1.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.30
Maximum tibia index - right 0.48
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 90
Right 74

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Lexus ES 350 4-door

The Lexus ES was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Toyota as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1820
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -22.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1820
Head HIC-15 391
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 32
Lateral force (kN) 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.39
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.49
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.2
Combined force (kN) 2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 70
A-P moment (Nm) 35

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1820
Head HIC-15 124
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 9
Lateral force (kN) 0.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 26
Average deflection (mm) 22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 1.45
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.21
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.1
Combined force (kN) 1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 55
A-P moment (Nm) -31

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Lexus ES 350 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,657 lbs
Peak force 21,051 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.76

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2019 models

Seat type: Power leatherette seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leatherette seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 28
Distance below top of head (mm) 2
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 15.1
Head contact time (ms) 62
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 445

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • 350 trim equipped with Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps package
  • 350 F Sport trim equipped with Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps package
  • 300h trim equipped with Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 350 trim equipped with Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps package
  • 350 F Sport trim equipped with Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps package
  • 300h trim equipped with Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 119.4 m None
Straightaway left edge 56.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 86.2 m 24.1 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 58.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 67.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 54.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 142.5 m
Straightaway left edge 138.9 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 84.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 86.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 66.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 69.7 m

Trim level(s)

  • 350 trim
  • 350 F Sport trim
  • 300h trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on the gradual right curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 350 trim
  • 350 F Sport trim
  • 300h trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 105.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 47.0 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.7 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 44.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.0 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 44.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 157.8 m
Straightaway left edge 147.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 62.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 52.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.5 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Standard Lexus Safety System + 2.0
  • Standard Pedestrian Pre-Collision System

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim ES 350
Seat type leatherette

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 79
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 82
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 77
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 79
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated