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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
five-star rating for protection
receives perfect 5-star ratings for all occupants
The 2008 Cadillac Escalade performed admirably in crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), earning a top rating for the protection of front seat occupants in the event of a head-on collision.
Head-curtain side airbags covering all three rows are standard on the 2008 Cadillac Escalade, as are front side airbags; the Stabilitrak stability control system includes rollover mitigation, to help avoid situations that might lead to a rollover. On that note, the Escalade gets a low three-star rating for rollover likelihood from the federal government (largely for its high center of mass), but the Escalade has earned top five-star ratings in the tests for frontal and side crash protection.
Edmunds reports that the OnStar system is included as one of the 2008 Cadillac Escalade's standard features.
The 2008 Cadillac Escalade appears to do a superior job of protecting occupants from injuries.