Top Safety Pick

2008 Toyota Highlander

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2008 Toyota Highlander 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2008-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 4-door 4wd

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2008-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Toyota Highlander 4-door 4wd with head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Toyota Highlander was redesigned for the 2008 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2008-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Toyota Highlander 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,325 lbs
Peak force 20,511 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.74

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2008-13 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry