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

Top Safety Pick

2009 Honda Civic 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2008-09 Scion xB 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2008 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit 4-door hatchback

Midsize cars

Top Safety Pick

2008 Audi A3 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2009 Ford Fusion 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2008 Honda Accord 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Mercury Milan 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2008 Subaru Legacy 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volkswagen Passat 4-door sedan

Midsize luxury cars

Top Safety Pick

2008 Audi A4 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2008 Saab 9-3 2-door convertible

Top Safety Pick

2008 Saab 9-3 4-door sedan

Midsize convertibles

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volkswagen Eos 2-door convertible

Top Safety Pick

2008 Volvo C70 2-door convertible

Large cars

Top Safety Pick

2008 Ford Taurus 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2008 Mercury Sable 4-door sedan

Large luxury cars

Top Safety Pick

2009 Acura RL 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2008 Audi A6 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2008 Cadillac CTS 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Lincoln MKS 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2008 Volvo S80 4-door sedan

Small SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2009 Ford Escape 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Honda CR-V 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Honda Element 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Mazda Tribute 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Mercury Mariner 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Mitsubishi Outlander 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008-09 Nissan Rogue 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 4-door SUV

Midsize SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2008 Ford Edge 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Ford Flex 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Ford Taurus X 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008-09 Honda Pilot 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Hyundai Veracruz 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Nissan Murano 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Saturn VUE 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Subaru Tribeca 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Toyota Highlander 4-door SUV

Midsize luxury SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2008 Acura MDX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Acura RDX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 BMW X3 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 BMW X5 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Infiniti EX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008 Lincoln MKX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

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

Top Safety Pick

2008 Volvo XC90 4-door SUV

Large SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2008 Audi Q7 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008-09 Buick Enclave 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Chevrolet Traverse 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008-09 GMC Acadia 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2008-09 Saturn Outlook 4-door SUV

Minivans

Top Safety Pick

2008 Honda Odyssey Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2008 Hyundai Entourage Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2008 Kia Sedona Minivan

Small pickups

Top Safety Pick

2009 Toyota Tacoma Crew cab pickup

Large pickups

Top Safety Pick

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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