With both crash-test agencies reporting in on the Highlander, it's clear the big Toyota crossover is a safe vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) changed its ratings and criteria for the 2011 model year, and under the revised scoring, the Highlander earns a four-star overall rating, with a five-star score for side-impact protection.
The Highlander's long list of standard safety equipment includes dual front, side and curtain airbags, as well as a driver knee airbag; daytime running lights; downhill assist control on 4WD models; and hill-start assist. A rearview camera is standard on the SE, Limited and both Hybrid models, and it's an option on the gas-only base Highlander. However, the Highlander lacks more advanced features like blind-spot monitors and adaptive cruise control.