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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
more standard safety features
a full five stars for driver protection
features that impressed me
Safety is a big part of the Highlander feature offering
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid earns top safety scores from both the government and private industry tests.
According to Edmunds, both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) award the Highlander Hybrid top marks for accident safety. TheCarConnection.com finds that ratings from the federal agency were five stars for driver safety in frontal impacts, four for passenger safety in front impacts, and five stars for all occupants in side impact crashes. The IIHS gave this vehicle a top rating of "good."
Cars.com reports the Highlander Hybrid's numerous standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, as well as an electronic stability system and the full complement of airbags--seven, according to Popular Mechanics. A rearview camera is available as an option.
Edmunds reports that despite the availability of Snow Mode (one of the "features that impressed," says Mother Proof), the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid's all-wheel-drive system is not "suited for serious wintertime duty," which is not surprising in light of Popular Mechanics’ observation of its lack of off-road performance capability.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has comprehensive safety gear and good crash-test ratings.