We can easily describe Lexus' IS 300h is one of the most fun all-safe cars we've ever driven. The focus on keeping things on track is well-planted into the car's attitude.
The IS300h hugs the road with confidence at all times. It feels like a well-trained personal assistant in the way in which it hurries to respond to your inputs.
Ask too much of it though and it will politely remind you of the safe driving principles, using a certain dose of understeer in order to do so.
However, up to that point, you get plenty of sensations and you're not even aware of how much efforts the car is making to juggle with your safety and driving entertainment.
It shouldn't be long until we get to find out what happens when the 2014 Lexus IS meets an official crash barrier, but so far neither side of the Atlantic has given us a rating for the sedan.
When it comes to active safety, the IS prides itself with features such as the Pre-Crash System with Adaptive Cruise Control. For example, this can automatically increase the braking force applied by the driver when such an action is necessary.
As for the passive safety, you'll find an airbag just about everywhere you look when sitting in the 2014 Lexus IS. That's because the car comes with ten of them in standard. There are two stage frontal ones, knee airbags for the front seat occupants, front and rear side units, as well as full-length side curtain airbags.
Lexus shows that those who motivate uninspiring styling though safety requirements are not to be taken seriously. With the IS, the carmaker shows that the notion of a pop-up hood designed to protect pedestrians can coexist with sculpted forms.
: Euro NCAP tested the Lexus IS 300h. The vehicle was given a five-star safety rating, with a 91 percent score for adult occupant protection, 85 percent for child occupant protection, 80 percent for pedestrian protection, as well as 66 percent for the safety assist. The pedestrian procteion and pole side impact protection were impressive, as these are two areas where most of the tested vehicle experience problems.