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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Big SUVs seem to look safe, even if many of them weren't particularly crashworthy in the past. That's not the case with the Chevy Tahoe, which earns solid crash-test scores and comes with some worthwhile add-on technology that can help drivers navigate roads more easily, despite its considerable bulk.
Though it hasn't been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) since the group changed up its testing regimen, the Tahoe has been re-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Under the NHTSA's new scoring system, the Tahoe earns five-star rankings in both frontal and side impact, and gets an overall score of four stars, down slightly because of its height and because it's theoretically more likely to roll over in an accident than a low-slung sportscar.Standard safety features include dual front, side, and curtain airbags that cover all rows of seats; traction and stability control; OnStar; and tire pressure monitors.
Outward visibility can be an issue in the Tahoe; with its very tall stance and wide pillars, parking and lane changes require some double checks—though wide side mirrors help with those lane changes. A rearview camera is an option, as are rear parking sensors and a blind-spot warning system.
Good crash-test performance joins with some advanced safety technology to protect the 2012 Chevy Tahoe and its passengers.