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2011 Toyota Highlander

Midsize SUV
2008 Toyota Highlander shown
2008 Toyota Highlander shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2015
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2014
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2013
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2008-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Toyota Highlander was redesigned for the 2008 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved back into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,495 lbs.
Side airbags head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 110 in.
Length 188 in.
Width 75 in.
Engine 3.5 L V6
EPA ratings 17 mpg city / 23 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0708
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -4
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0708
Head
HIC-15 217
Peak gs at hard contact 77
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 34
Maximum Nij 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.7
Femur force - right (kN) 2.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.53
Maximum tibia index - right 0.40
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 95
Right 50

Applies to 2008-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Toyota Highlander was redesigned for the 2008 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2008 Toyota Highlander 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,334 lbs.
Side airbags head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 110 in.
Length 188 in.
Width 75 in.
Engine 3.5 L V6
EPA ratings 17 mpg city / 23 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0737
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-17.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0737
Head HIC-15 129
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 45
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36
Average deflection (mm) 25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.99
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.71
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 2.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.2
L-M moment (Nm) 38
A-P moment (Nm) -34

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0737
Head HIC-15 64
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 32
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 19
Average deflection (mm) 14
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 1.77
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.15
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.9
Combined force (kN) 3.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 65
A-P moment (Nm) 31

Applies to 2008-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 4,325 lbs
Peak force 20,511 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.74
Tested vehicle
2010 Toyota Highlander 4-door 4wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2008-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 38
Distance below top of head (mm) 42
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.6
Head contact time (ms) 65
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 1
Max neck tension (N) 487
1
Side airbags: head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights (optional)

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