IIHS tests Lexus HS250h for rollover, Suzuki Kizashi for side-impact

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just wrapped up a couple more crash tests of both the Lexus HS 250h and the Suzuki Kizashi. The little luxury hybrid recently underwent both side impact and rollover testing, nabbing Good and Acceptable ratings in each category, respectively. The HS 250h has also received a Good rating in offset frontal crash testing conducted earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the Kizashi has received its first ever crash rating from IIHS. After completing rollover testing, the IIHS gave the sedan an Acceptable rating. Further testing for front and side impact crashes will be completed later on.

The IIHS awards vehicles one of four ratings based on intrusion into the passenger cell – Good, Acceptable, Marginal or Poor. In order for a vehicle to secure the coveted Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must score Good in all four of the institute's crash tests. Unfortunately for Lexus and Suzuki, neither vehicle is eligible in their current form for a Top Safety Pick nod.

Lexus HS 250h photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

Suzuki Kizashi photos copyright ©2009 John Neff / Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: IIHS]

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