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Stronger/Safer Body post June 2017 IS300h (UK)


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I am considering buying a IS300h because it has a good balance in terms of size, economy, and comfort for city driving and motorways. 

Although it's 5 star Euroncap rated, I noticed different results in other crash tests. So not so sure about it's safety and which is perhaps the better model year to get. 

Two questions:

1) After IIHS small overlap crash test results in USA in 2017, apparently the car was made stronger post June 2017 ( (Note: IS200t was tested. Don't know if IS300h is available there.)

Does anyone know if these changes would just be for USA market or be applied to models for UK too?

2) The IS300h was withdrawn from sale in Australia when new side crash tests were introduced in recent years. Some speculated that it was because it would not do as well. Others said it was just because they were working on newer models. Anyone have any thoughts? (I think it will still be a fairly safe car but just surprised to read this.)


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