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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Three stars, front impact--driver; four stars, front impact--passenger; five stars, side impact; four stars, rollover resistance
airbags deploy with varying force depending on crash severity
thick pillars can block over-the-shoulder and aft sightlines
nearly-uninterrupted view through 360 degrees
Kelley Blue Book
The 2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer also comes up short in terms of safety, from what TheCarConnection.com's experts are seeing.
Crash-test results for the Chevrolet 2008 TrailBlazer are decent but not inspiring, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarding it three stars for front impact protection of the driver, four stars for rollover resistance in the four-wheel-drive version (but only three stars on the 2WD) and passenger protection in frontal impacts, and five stars only on the side impact tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the TrailBlazer 2008 Chevrolet as "acceptable" on frontal crash tests and "marginal" on side impact crashes.
Car and Driver reports a plethora of safety equipment for this 2008 Chevrolet: "dual front and curtain airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, stability control, ABS, and tire-pressure monitoring are standard across the TrailBlazer lineup." In addition, "OnStar emergency service is standard on all TrailBlazers." Cars.com indicates that "side curtain airbags are now standard on all models," and that "dual-stage front airbags deploy with varying force depending on crash severity."
ConsumerGuide reports that visibility in the Chevrolet 2008 "is good to the front and sides, but the headrests and thick pillars can block over-the-shoulder and aft sightlines." Kelley Blue Book, on the other hand, says the Chevrolet 2008 model has "enough glass to give the driver a nearly-uninterrupted view through 360 degrees."
Many sport-utes and crossovers have better crash safety than the 2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer.