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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
tall seating position makes it easy to see the highway ahead
Kelley Blue Book
Good,” frontal offset impact; "good," side impact; Top Safety Pick
Four stars, front impact; four stars, four-wheel-drive rollover; three stars, two-wheel-drive rollover
The 2009 Toyota Tundra boasts good crash-test ratings and an impressive list of safety features.
In IIHS tests, the 2009 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 also awards the 2009 Toyota Tundra a Top Safety Pick for its top performance in the agency’s tests and its standard electronic stability control.
In testing at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Toyota Tundra performs very well. NHTSA subjects the 2009 Tundra to front impact tests and awards it four out of five stars for both driver and passenger protection. The Toyota Tundra also earns four stars for rollover protection when equipped with four-wheel drive, but the two-wheel-drive versions fare worse, scoring only three out of five stars.
"Antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are all standard" on all 2009 Tundras, reports Edmunds. Cars.com adds that more safety features arrive in the form of "an optional camera in the tailgate to improve visibility when backing up or hitching a trailer." Also, opting for the top-end Limited trim of the Toyota Tundra brings "front and rear parking sonar," according to Kelley Blue Book, which piles on even more accident prevention capability.
Consumer Guide reviewers report 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."
The 2009 Toyota Tundra is near the top of its class in safety, thanks to strong crash-test ratings and extensive safety equipment.