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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protection; five stars, side impact protection
Not yet tested
Headlamps pivot to illuminate the road around curves at night
Senses impending rollovers and attempts to avert them by applying individual brakes
Today's luxury automobiles are usually the vanguard when it comes to safety innovations, and the 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT is an excellent example of that leadership.
If there's a single American make of car with a long-standing reputation for building safe, solid cars, it's Cadillac; 2008 sees that tradition continued. The Cadillac Escalade EXT, 2008 version, includes as standard safety equipment "advanced front air bags with passenger sensing, head-curtain side air bags for both rows [of seats], four-wheel antilock disc brakes (ABS), Stabilitrak stability control, rain-sensing wipers and heated washer fluid," according to Kelley Blue Book. The Stabilitrak system is not exclusive to Cadillac; in 2008, it comes as standard equipment on many different models produced by GM. It "uses rollover mitigation technology that senses impending rollovers and attempts to avert them by applying individual brakes," says Cars.com.
In addition, the 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT system is designed with "technology that deploys the vehicle's standard head-curtain airbags before a crash occurs, if it determines a rollover is imminent," according to ForbesAutos. This is especially important on tall vehicles like SUVs, which are more likely to roll over. The only National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) test where the Cadillac Escalade EXT 2008 model scored less than a five-star rating was the rollover test, where it scored only three stars.
Another safety issue on a vehicle of the size of the Cadillac Escalade EXT 2008 is whether there are large blind spots. ConsumerGuide reports, "Visibility astern and to the right-rear is hindered by the roof design, but standard rear obstacle detection and the available rearview camera compensate."
TheCarConnection.com finds the 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT to be outstandingly well equipped in terms of safety, and crash tests support that conclusion.