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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Good," frontal impact and side impact
Five stars, front impact and side impact
Standard front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags
Seats are designed to mitigate whiplash injuries
The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers many safety features, some of which are unique to the Hybrid model.
Road and Track notes that "as part of their crashworthiness, hybrids have automatic disconnect of their high-voltage source" and that standard EMS/firefighter training now includes "where to cut into hybrids with minimal hazard." Edmunds reports, "The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid features standard front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, antilock brakes, stability control and traction control." And Cars.com points out that the "electronic stability system," which is optional in other Camry models, comes standard on the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid. The Camry Hybrid also comes standard with anti-lock brakes.
Edmunds reports that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) "gave the Camry its highest rating of 'Good' for frontal-offset and side collision protection." In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2009 Camry Hybrid five stars, its highest rating, in both frontal and side crash safety. It scores almost as high in NHTSA's rollover avoidance test, earning four out of five stars.
The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid is significantly more fuel-efficient and provides more standard safety features compared to the standard Camry.