Solid crash-test ratings and a host of electronic active safety systems make the 2008 Toyota 4Runner a good choice where safety is concerned.
In crash testing, the 4Runner received perfect five stars for side impacts and four stars for frontal impact, but only thee stars for rollover resistance and rollover crashes by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) graced it with the highest rating, “good,” for frontal offset and side impact collisions.
Car and Driver points out that “roll-sensing curtain airbags that inflate if the vehicle tips over or goes wheels up” are standard for 2008. Edmunds explains that these side curtain airbags serve “the first and second rows of seating” and mentions that the 4Runner comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, and front seat side airbags.
The 4Runner’s comprehensive electronic safety gear includes--in addition to the requisite airbags and anti-lock braking systems--Downhill Assist Control, Hill Assist Control, and Vehicle Stability Control. The first is more useful for serious off-roading and comes standard on four-wheel-drive 4Runners, but the last two, HAC and VSC, are standard across the board and useful on any road, where they help the 4Runner remain easy to launch and provide excellent accident avoidance.