The 2008 Toyota Highlander received the highest marks for safety and has a long list of standard safety equipment.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2008 Toyota Highlander five stars for protecting the driver in front impacts, and for all passengers in side impacts. The front passenger gets four-star protection in front impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also tested the new Highlander; Toyota scores a Top Safety Pick rating from the insurance-industry group.
Cars.com points out that the 2008 Toyota Highlander comes “standard with four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system.” In the Highlander, Toyota also installs seven airbags, including a driver-side knee airbag, as standard.