Lexus RZ earns first five-star safety rating under tougher ANCAP rules

The Lexus RZ is the first vehicle assessed by ANCAP under its tougher 2023-25 testing criteria, earning a five-star rating.

It received a rating of 87 per cent for adult occupant protection, 89 per cent for child occupant protection, 84 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 84 per cent for safety assist.

ANCAP praised Lexus for its ability to warn occupants of an approaching cyclist when exiting both the front and rear doors, and to prevent the opening of the door if needed. The safety authority is now assessing this so-called anti-dooring functionality.

It recorded Good ratings for its lane support and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems, including in the latter’s detection of cyclists and motorcyclists.

To earn five stars under the new criteria, a vehicle needs to clear thresholds of 80 per cent, 80 per cent, 70 per cent and 70 per cent, respectively, for these categories. Previously, the minimum for vulnerable road user protection was 60 per cent.

In terms of crash protection, ANCAP recorded Good ratings for protection of all critical body regions for the driver in the frontal offset test, bar their ches

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