2016 Lexus IS

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

2016 Lexus IS 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Advanced

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning

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.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Lexus IS 250 4-door

The Lexus IS was redesigned for the 2014 model year. There are various models, depending on engine size and cylinder count. 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 VTF1310
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) -6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1310
Head
HIC-15 187
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.9
Femur force - right (kN) 2.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.68
Maximum tibia index - right 0.54
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 3.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 62
Right 54

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Lexus IS 250 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags

The Lexus IS was redesigned for the 2014 model year. There are various models, depending on engine size and cylinder count. 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 VTS1306
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -17.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1306
Head HIC-15 345
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 46
Lateral force (kN) 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 26
Average deflection (mm) 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.04
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.37
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.6
Combined force (kN) 3.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 110
A-P moment (Nm) 72

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1306
Head HIC-15 67
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 21
Lateral force (kN) 0.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 12
Average deflection (mm) 12
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 1.26
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.05
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.2
Combined force (kN) 2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 93
A-P moment (Nm) 35

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Lexus IS 300 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,726 lbs
Peak force 17,513 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.70

How the roof strength test is conducted

Headlights

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • All trims equipped with Pre-collision system package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID 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 and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

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

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Pre-collision system package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 104.8 m None
Straightaway left edge 51.3 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 65.4 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 46.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 51.4 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 45.4 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 153.0 m
Straightaway left edge 140.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.4 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 65.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 52.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.8 m

Trim level(s)

  • All trims equipped with Premium and Pre-collision system packages
  • All trims equipped with Luxury and Pre-collision system packages
  • All trims equipped with F-Sport and Pre-collision system packages
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 fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

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

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Premium and Pre-collision system packages
  • All trims equipped with Luxury and Pre-collision system packages
  • All trims equipped with F-Sport and Pre-collision system packages
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 85.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 46.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 64.4 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 47.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.1 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 46.4 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 138.6 m
Straightaway left edge 128.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 75.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 68.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 51.2 m

Trim level(s)

  • All trims equipped with Premium package
  • All trims equipped with Luxury package
  • All trims equipped with F-Sport package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Premium package
  • All trims equipped with Luxury package
  • All trims equipped with F-Sport package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 85.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 46.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 64.4 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 47.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.1 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 46.4 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 138.6 m
Straightaway left edge 128.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 75.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 68.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 51.2 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Pre-Collision System

Package name

  • Optional Pre Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Applies to 2014-16 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle nearly avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 7 mph.
Advanced
Advanced
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim IS 300
Seat type leather

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
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult 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
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Not visible
Force (lbs) 3
Clearance angle (degrees) 36
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Not visible
Force (lbs) 2
Clearance angle (degrees) 41
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 Not visible
Force (lbs) 3
Clearance angle (degrees) 33
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Not visible
Force (lbs) 5
Clearance angle (degrees) 37
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