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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact and side impact; three stars, rollover resistance
Tire-pressure monitoring, stability control, curtain airbags are standard
Car and Driver
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard
With a bevy of safety features now standard in the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe, not to mention very strong crash-test ratings, this full-sized SUV is found by reviews read by TheCarConnection.com to be a safe ride.
The 2008 Chevy Tahoe has not yet been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had its way with the Chevrolet Tahoe 2008, and the results are heartening. In NHTSA tests, the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe earned a perfect five-star rating in both front impact categories, as well as additional five-star ratings for both side impact categories. In fact, the only area where the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe didn't earn a perfect rating was in the rollover category, where it scored a middle-of-the-road three stars. While that rating is unfortunate, it's not entirely surprising given the Chevrolet Tahoe's tall body.
Fortunately, the 2008 Chevy Tahoe offers some features that help to reduce the risk of a rollover. Kelley Blue Book reviewers praise the 2008 Chevy Tahoe's manufacturer for making "StabiliTrak electronic stability control system standard on the Tahoe, because it is potentially life-saving technology that can significantly reduce single-vehicle accidents." Car and Driver notes that across the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe lineup, standard Chevrolet Tahoe 2008 safety features include "dual front airbags, curtain side-impact airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, stability control, ABS, and tire-pressure monitoring, and OnStar emergency service." In a nod to the Chevrolet Tahoe's practicality as a family vehicle, Mother Proof reports that "two sets of Latch connectors" are available on the rear bench for securing child safety seats.
Large SUVs aren't typically noted for their impressive visibility, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show this as a surprising strength for the Chevrolet Tahoe 2008. Car and Driver observes "large exterior mirrors made lane changing easy in the Tahoe." ConsumerGuide also reports that the Chevrolet Tahoe 2008 features a rearview camera that "aids aft visibility but distorts distances, compromising its usefulness," although if Chevrolet can fix that problem, then the camera will help greatly during parking maneuvers.
The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe has a good safety record made better by new safety features.