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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars, front impact; four stars, four-wheel-drive rollover; three stars, two-wheel-drive rollover
Good, frontal offset impact; good, side impact; Top Safety Pick
Features standard side airbags and electronic stability control
Kelley Blue Book
Big trucks have always had an air of safety due to their size, but crash tests haven't always justified that feeling. Fortunately, the 2008 Toyota Tundra boasts good crash-test ratings and an impressive list of safety features.
In testing at both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2008 Toyota Tundra performs very well. The NHTSA subjected the 2008 Tundra to front impact tests and awarded it four out of five stars for both driver and passenger protection. The Toyota Tundra also earned four stars for rollover protection when equipped with four-wheel drive, but the two-wheel-drive versions fared worse, scoring only three out of five stars. In IIHS tests, the 2008 Tundra proves to be an exceptionally safe vehicle, earning the IIHS's top grade, "good," for both frontal offset and side impact collisions. The IIHS was so impressed that it awarded the 2008 Toyota Tundra a Top Safety Pick.
When it comes to safety features, the 2008 Toyota Tundra doesn't disappoint. Edmunds writes, "Antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are all standard" on all 2008 Tundras. Cars.com adds that additional safety features arrive in the form of "an optional camera in the tailgate to improve visibility when backing up or hitching a trailer." Additionally, opting for the top-end Limited trim of the Toyota Tundra brings "front and rear parking sonar," according to Kelley Blue Book, which adds even more accident prevention capability.
ConsumerGuide reviewers write one feature that aids the Toyota Tundra's safety rating is the truck's "good outward visibility," which can combine with the "available rearview camera" to further increase visibility toward the rear of the vehicle. Kelley Blue Book adds that the "tall seating position makes it easy to see the highway ahead."
Strong crash-test ratings and an excellent safety features list put the 2008 Toyota Tundra near the top of the full-size pickup class in terms of safety.