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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Hyundai has added an electronic stability system as standard equipment
safety features include ABS, traction control, [and] antiskid system
Five stars, front impact; four stars, side impact
Front, side, and curtain airbags are standard across the 2008 Hyundai Elantra lineup. So too are anti-lock brakes and active head restraints; stability control and brake assist are also standard on the SE for the new model year.
With all that safety equipment, the 2008 Hyundai Elantra gets good but not stellar results, including four stars for side impact in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests and Acceptable ratings for rear impact from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Elantra did, however, get top scores in frontal impact from both tests.
The Washington Post concurs that the safety features available on the Hyundai Elantra "include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags."
The only visibility issue on the 2008 Hyundai Elantra was noted by Kelley Blue Book, which reports "visibility is slightly hampered aft and to right rear."
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra provides good crash protection and safety gear.