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“replete with safety equipment”
Car and Driver
“a total of ten airbags”
“optional advanced seatbelt system”
The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser is chock-full of active and passive safety features but has not yet been crash-tested.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested a 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser.
“As one might expect,” says Car and Driver, “the new Cruiser is replete with safety equipment including a barrage of airbags.” That’s 10 airbags, to be exact, including knee airbags for both front occupants, two rows of side impact airbags, and three-row curtain airbags. Active headrests for front seat occupants, tire pressure monitoring, anti-lock brakes, stability and active traction control, brake assist, and Toyota’s VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) round out the list of features that keep the Land Cruiser safe and secure.
Toyota’s optional precollision system, “which cinches the front seatbelts when the various electronic sensors detect skidding or sudden hard braking,” adds yet another layer of safety to the Cruiser should it be involved in a mishap. A stiffened frame that enhances crashworthiness, says Edmunds, provides a foundation for all of these safety items.
All SUVs, with their inherent higher center of gravity, are more prone to rollovers than cars, but the Land Cruiser’s stability control mitigates this tendency considerably.
From tire to roof and nose to tail, the 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser is about as safe an SUV as you can purchase.