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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, front and side impact tests
Acceptable," frontal offset tests
a generous level of standard safety equipment
The 2008 Hyundai Tucson does quite well in providing a safe driving experience. It received perfect scores in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests and mixed assessments from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), resulting in an overall score of "acceptable" in frontal offset crash tests.
Edmunds reports the Hyundai Tucson "offers a generous level of standard safety equipment for a vehicle in this class, including antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, front seat side-impact airbags, head curtain side airbags and active front head restraints."
Cars.com notes that "side-impact and side curtain airbags are standard, giving the Tucson [Hyundai] a total of six airbags...side curtain airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags, an electronic stability system and all-disc antilock brakes with traction control are standard." This source also points out "new active front head restraints move forward in a rear impact to protect against whiplash" for the new 2008 Hyundai Tucson.
Cars.com also asserts that in the Tucson Hyundai "visibility is...satisfying because of the long glass in the rear doors." Kelley Blue Book also says that from the Hyundai Tucson's driver's seat, "Visibility is generally good, helped by lengthy rear-door glass," but that "wide rear pillars impair the view slightly."
The 2008 Hyundai Tucson offers better-than-average security for its occupants.