2008 Top Safety Picks

Vehicles that perform best in our evaluations qualify for Top Safety Pick, which has been awarded since the 2006 model year, or Top Safety Pick+, which was inaugurated in 2013.

These awards identify the best vehicle choices for safety within size categories during a given year. Larger, heavier vehicles generally afford more protection than smaller, lighter ones. Thus, a small car that qualifies for an award might not protect its occupants as well as a bigger vehicle that doesn't earn the award.

Small cars

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2009 Honda Civic 4-door sedan

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2009 Mitsubishi Lancer 4-door sedan

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2008-09 Scion xB 4-door wagon

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2008 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan

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2009 Volkswagen Rabbit 4-door hatchback

Midsize cars

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2008 Audi A3 4-door wagon

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2009 Ford Fusion 4-door sedan

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2008 Honda Accord 4-door sedan

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2009 Mercury Milan 4-door sedan

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2008 Subaru Legacy 4-door sedan

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2009 Volkswagen Passat 4-door sedan

Midsize luxury cars

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2008 Audi A4 4-door sedan

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2008 Saab 9-3 2-door convertible

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2008 Saab 9-3 4-door sedan

Midsize convertibles

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2009 Volkswagen Eos 2-door convertible

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2008 Volvo C70 2-door convertible

Large cars

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2008 Ford Taurus 4-door sedan

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2008 Mercury Sable 4-door sedan

Large luxury cars

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2009 Acura RL 4-door sedan

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2008 Audi A6 4-door sedan

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4-door sedan

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2009 Lincoln MKS 4-door sedan

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2008 Volvo S80 4-door sedan

Small SUVs

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2009 Ford Escape 4-door SUV

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2008 Honda CR-V 4-door SUV

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2008 Honda Element 4-door SUV

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2009 Mazda Tribute 4-door SUV

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2009 Mercury Mariner 4-door SUV

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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander 4-door SUV

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2008-09 Nissan Rogue 4-door SUV

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2008 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 4-door SUV

Midsize SUVs

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2008 Ford Edge 4-door SUV

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2009 Ford Flex 4-door SUV

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2008 Ford Taurus X 4-door SUV

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2008-09 Honda Pilot 4-door SUV

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door SUV

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz 4-door SUV

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2009 Nissan Murano 4-door SUV

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2008 Saturn VUE 4-door SUV

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2008 Subaru Tribeca 4-door SUV

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2008 Toyota Highlander 4-door SUV

Midsize luxury SUVs

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2008 Acura MDX 4-door SUV

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2008 Acura RDX 4-door SUV

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2008 BMW X3 4-door SUV

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2008 BMW X5 4-door SUV

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2008 Infiniti EX 4-door SUV

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2008 Lincoln MKX 4-door SUV

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2008-09 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4-door SUV

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2008 Volvo XC90 4-door SUV

Large SUVs

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2008 Audi Q7 4-door SUV

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2008-09 Buick Enclave 4-door SUV

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse 4-door SUV

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2008-09 GMC Acadia 4-door SUV

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2008-09 Saturn Outlook 4-door SUV

Minivans

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2008 Honda Odyssey Minivan

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2008 Hyundai Entourage Minivan

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2008 Kia Sedona Minivan

Small pickups

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2009 Toyota Tacoma Crew cab pickup

Large pickups

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2008 Toyota Tundra Extended cab pickup

2008 criteria

Top Safety Pick

To qualify for 2008 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, and head restraint tests and must offer electronic stability control.

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