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New IIHS crash test results: Lexus HS 250h and Suzuki Kizashi

Consumer Reports News: June 16, 2010 02:33 PM

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The Lexus HS 250h and Suzuki Kizashi are the latest vehicles to be crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Lexus HS 250h earns a Good score in the side crash test and both the Lexus and Suzuki earn Acceptable scores in the roof crush test. The HS 250h previously earned a Good score for the frontal test. The strength-to-weight ratio for the Lexus in the rollover evaluation is 3.60. The Kizashi roof strength ratio is 3.92.

To earn a Good rating in the new roof-strength test, a vehicle has to have a strength-to-weight ratio (SWR) of 4:1 or better. That means the roof would support an impact with four times the force of that vehicle’s weight without deforming more than five inches. An Acceptable rating requires a roof-strength ratio of 3.25. Below a ratio of 2.5, earns a Poor rating.

The Kizashi has not yet been evaluated for the front and side impact test, but it will be tested later this year.

View more than 300 crash tests performed by the IIHS in our crash test video player. To aid with vehicle research, you’ll also find crash tests within our model overview pages, within the Photos/Videos tab.

Liza Barth

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