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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
no Camry model...includes stability control as a standard feature
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perfect five stars in all frontal- and side-impact categories
The 2008 Toyota Camry rated fairly well among reviewers for its safety features and crash test results, though some complain about the lack of certain features in the standard equipment list.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the 2008 Toyota Camry earns five-star ratings for all front and side-impact tests. It also scores four stars in rollover protection. With the Camry, Toyota earns the top rating of “good” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for front and side impact protection as well.
With this Toyota, 2008’s Camry comes with a knee airbag for the driver as well as full-length curtain and front seat side-impact airbags, for seven airbags in total. Traction control is standard, but stability control remains optional, even on pricier, more powerful V-6 models. Cars.com observes, “That it's available on any trim level is a plus. That the Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Passat include it standard is a minus for the Camry and other midsize sedans.” Cars.com also praises the "driver's knee airbag," which is designed "to keep the occupant from sliding down and forward (submarining) in a collision."
ConsumerGuide points out that the 2008 Toyota Camry has an "emergency inside trunklid release,” which is a new feature required of cars so that people aren’t trapped inside them.
The 2008 Toyota Camry has great crash test performance and a respectable array of safety features, but stability control is an option.