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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Excellent. From electronic stability control to front and side curtain air bags, the technology-laden car will keep you safe.
Antilock disc brakes and side airbags are standard, as is the "Active Handling" stability control system, which provides noninvasive assistance and includes a "competitive" driving mode that gives the expert driver more leeway while still maintaining a safety net.
All Corvettes now feature side airbags, while manual transmission models come outfitted with standard launch control.
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Like most high-end sports cars, the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette hasn't been rated by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) or the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
Standard safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, Active Handling stability control, traction control, dual front and side airbags, and supremely capable brakes, however, and the Corvette's agile handling also contributes to its ability to avoid, rather than survive, an accident.
Visibility, however, may be an area of concern for some. Both rearward visibility through the hatch and forward over the long hood and around thick roof pillars make it tough to see obstacles close to the car, a situation only exacerbated by the low-slung seating position. Another potential safety drawback is the lack of side curtain airbags, a feature some of the competitive sports coupes offer.
Excellent handling, standard stability and traction control, ABS, and other core safety features lend confidence and security to drivers of the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette.