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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front and side impacts
Good" rating in frontal-offset crash testing
excellent crash test scores
With one of the best safety records of any SUV, the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox delivers considerable peace of mind to drivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox at five stars for all front and side impacts, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) deems its front-impact protection “good.”
Cars.com points out the Equinox has "optional side curtain airbags," (they’re actually standard on LTZ versions), and adds that front airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control all are standard.
While most safety features on the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox are lauded, the visibility beyond some basic design elements is criticized by ConsumerGuide. They are unimpressed by the way its "thick front roof pillars obscure visibility at stop signs." And, while necessary for vehicle integrity in rollover accidents, "rear vision is hindered by thick side and rear pillars."
The 2008 Chevrolet Equinox is among the highest-rated SUVs for crash protection, but side curtain airbags are an option.