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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
“stability control optional on all models”
Car and Driver
“Revised braking system”
Five stars, frontal and side impact
“Good,” frontal offset and side impact
The 2008 Toyota Avalon presents an exemplary suite of occupant protection and accident avoidance.
In crash testing, the Camry performed splendidly. It was awarded five stars across the board in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) crash testing, except for a four-star rating for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Avalon its top “good” rating for frontal offset and side impact crash testing.
Edmunds states that the Avalon’s standard safety equipment “includes antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags for front and rear passengers and a driver-side knee airbag.” Cars.com explains that the Avalon’s “rear brake discs have been enlarged and are now gripped by aluminum calipers for better braking performance.”
Perhaps enabling a sub-$28,000 entry price, the Avalon doesn’t include two important accident avoidance features: stability and traction control, which are optional equipment. Toyota’s VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) is an optional feature in all four trim levels of the Avalon.
Order the optional VSC, and the 2008 Toyota Avalon is a faultless performer where safety is concerned.