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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front and side impact protection; three stars, rollover resistance
Side curtain airbags are now standard
rear-quarter blind spots hinder maneuverability
The 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche earns great safety scores and carries a long list of safety features as standard equipment.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Avalanche five out of five stars for front and side impact protection. It did not do as well, receiving only three stars, in rollover resistance tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not performed tests on the 2008 Avalanche.
Cars.com reports "curtain airbags are now standard," as well as "all-disc antilock brakes and an electronic stability system with rollover mitigation." The Chevrolet Avalanche 2008 "rollover mitigation feature senses impending rollovers and can apply individual brakes in an attempt to stop them." In addition, the 2008 Chevy Avalanche is equipped with "GM's OnStar emergency communications system," according to Edmunds.
Where the 2008 Chevy Avalanche falls short is in visibility. Edmunds reports that the 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche's "large size and rear-quarter blind spots hinder maneuverability in tight spots." ConsumerGuide notes "the tall tail restricts vision directly aft." While the 2008 Chevy Avalanche "rear obstacle detection and rearview camera are helpful...the camera distorts distances, compromising its usefulness."
The 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche has some visibility issues, but it performs exceptionally well in crash tests.