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All eyes are on the Toyota Grand Highlander as it enters a crowded segment filled with other family SUVs. It has plenty of benefits to consider, but unfortunately, the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander falls short in one crucial area for family haulers. 

How safe is the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander?

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander parked on a beach
2024 Toyota Grand Highlander | Toyota

The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander is safe enough. It has been officially evaluated by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and provides sufficient protection for drivers and passengers. 

However, the Grand Highlander isn’t as safe as rivals like the 2023 Honda Pilot or Kia Telluride. It also didn’t earn the Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ designations. 

The Toyota Grand Highlander got a mix of Good and Acceptable ratings, while rivals have more Good scores. In most safety test categories, Good is the highest score possible. 

The Grand Highlander received Acceptable scores for its overall crashworthiness, headlights, and child latches. The structure and safety cage also got an Acceptable rating during the small passenger overlap test. 

SUVs need to earn top honors in three frontal collision tests and one side impact test to be considered a Top Safety Pick+ designation, so the Acceptable structure rating is holding it back. 

Also, the child latches got an Acceptable score because the tether anchors are located too deeply in the seat and could be confused with other hardware. But they’re easy to find and attach. 

What safety features are standard with the 2024 Grand Highlander? 

The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander has standard Toyota 3.0 Safety Sense, which includes: 

  • Frontal collision warning 
  • Automatic emergency braking 
  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane-departure warning 
  • Blind-spot monitoring 

These systems earned a Superior rating for the ability to avoid collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians. During the day, it avoided collisions at 12, 25, and 37 mph speeds. During the 37 mph test, a warning was issued 2.1 seconds before impact. 

At night, the vehicle was able to avoid collisions at the same speeds with its high beams and low beams. But a warning was only issued two seconds before impact with the high beams and at 1.8 seconds with the low beams. 

Stay tuned for SUV safety updates. Remember, the Toyota Grand Highlander is still a perfectly safe family SUV, but some rivals are safer.