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8 Most Dangerous Luxury Cars

Although generally well-built, they're not designed to deflect small overlap frontal crashes

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2012 Lexus IS 350

#6: Lexus IS 250/350

  • Small overlap frontal crash test rating: poor
  • J.D. Power Initial Quality: 4 out of 5
  • Price: $40,220
  • 2011 sales: 29,669

The Lexus IS 250/350 was also given a score of “poor” in its small frontal overlap crash test, with the structure/safety cage, lower leg/foot and the restraint/dummy kinematics receiving poor scores. The side torso airbag did not inflate, and the head actually moved outside the open side window at one point during the test. Meanwhile, the brake pedals had to be cut off in order to free the right foot. Nevertheless, Lexus was named by J.D. Power and Associates as the most problem-free nameplate in America, with a score of 73 problems per 100 vehicles. The 29,669 combined Lexus IS 250, 350 and 500Fs sold in 2011 represented a 46% decline from 2007 and a 13.1% decline since 2010.

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