2021 Lexus RX  RealSafeCars90Safety Rating

#11 of 2021 SUVs

#18 of all 2021 vehicles

Pictured: 2017 Lexus RX
The RX, a mainstay of Lexus's lineup since 1999, is a midsize SUV with seating up to 5. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. The RX has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Lexus RX provides superior horsepower for its class, offering great power. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). Lexus offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic warranty, and a 6-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2021 Lexus RX is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Lexus RX has a score of 90, implying a 0.029% chance of driver death (2.6% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Lexus RX has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0294% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.3573%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0294% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.3573% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Lexus RX is 37% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2021 Lexus RX is 28% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features with Lexus's Safety System+ greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. Active safety systems that are standard on the Lexus RX include: Pre-Collision System with Brake Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Departure Alert, and Blind Spot Monitoring.

Another vehicle feature may make a vehicle safer, even if not at the forefront of technological advances. Side mirror turn signals are standard on the Lexus RX. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you.

And it is safer than many comparable models.

9675Lexus NXINFINITI Q50Nissan MaximaCadillac XT5Cadillac XT6BMW X3Volvo XC90Audi Q5Lexus RXM.-B. GLC-ClassAcura RDXLincoln NautilusComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Lexus RX with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 75 to 96. The 2021 Lexus RX is safer than the 2021 Lexus NX, the 2021 INFINITI Q50, the 2021 Nissan Maxima, the 2021 Cadillac XT5, the 2021 Cadillac XT6, and the 2021 BMW X3. It is about as safe as the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and the 2021 Audi Q5.

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