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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
stability control and traction control are both standard on all Suburbans
safer than ever before
Five stars, front and side impact protection; three stars, rollover resistance
The 2008 Chevrolet Suburban gets high marks for safety all around in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2008 Chevrolet Suburban five stars for front impact and side impact protection. For rollover resistance, the Suburban earns three stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet rated this vehicle.
Cars.com reports standard stability and traction control on all 2008 Chevy Suburban sport-utes, as well as side curtain airbags. However, this source says that there are no side impact airbags, even as an option. ConsumerGuide contradicts this; according to their review, front side airbags are in fact available on the 2008 Chevy Suburban, as well as anti-lock brakes and an anti-skid system.
ForbesAutos notes the 2008 Chevrolet Suburban’s stability control system, which comes standard on the vehicle. The system not only helps the driver in maintaining control of the Suburban, Chevrolet’s "rollover mitigation technology…can deploy the vehicle's head-curtain airbags before a crash" if the sensor relays determine that a rollover is about to occur. This review also points out that some of the safety features are actually a consequence of the 2008 Chevrolet Suburban's overall design: a "wider track and a lowered center of gravity contribute to enhanced on-road stability."
Car and Driver reports that tire pressure monitoring and seatbelt pretensioners are also standard with the Suburban. Chevrolet’s available "rearview camera aids aft visibility," ConsumerGuide says, but warns that it also "distorts distances, compromising its usefulness." ForbesAutos mentions that the 2008 Chevy Suburban's "instrument panel is positioned lower for easier visibility."
The 2008 Chevrolet Suburban earns good crash-test scores, though rollover protection is midgrade.