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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact; four stars, side driver impact; five stars, side rear passenger impact
Good, frontal offset test; Good, side impact test
Gains a tire pressure monitoring system
Building on the Honda reputation for safety, the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid boasts strong crash-test ratings and the typical assortment of occupant protection features.
Every Civic gets dual airbags, side and side curtain airbags, and anti-lock brakes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid as "good."
In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the IIHS, the Honda Civic Hybrid held up well and afforded good occupant protection. The NHTSA awarded the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid five stars for front impact and side rear passenger impact protection, along with four out of five stars for side driver impacts. The IIHS found no problems with the Honda Civic Hybrid and bestowed its highest rating, "good," upon the Honda Civic Hybrid in both frontal offset and side impact tests.
Kelley Blue Book attributes these strong crash-test ratings to the 2008 Honda's "advanced body structure" that is "designed to better absorb and distribute collision forces, especially in impacts involving taller SUVs."
Optional safety features aren't offered on this 2008 Honda, but the standard features are enough to satisfy even the most worrisome drivers. Kelley Blue Book writes that the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid offers "an impressive list of safety equipment including front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, active head restraints, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and more," a sentiment shared in most of the reviews read by TheCarConnection.com.
Further boosting the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid's score in this category is the above-average visibility afforded by the large windshield and overall design. Cars.com testers find that "all-around visibility is exceptional," though ConsumerGuide notes that the "long front roof pillars impede outward view to the corners."
Honda's engineers have done an excellent job turning the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid into an exceptionally safe small car.