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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Five stars, front impact; three stars, rollover rating
Stability control and side curtain airbags are now standard
All-disc antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard
Few crash tests have been conducted on the 2008 GMC Savana, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has completed a few impact and rollover tests. The results are heartening, at least when it comes to the impact tests. The NHTSA gives the GMC Savana 2008 a perfect five stars for front impact protection for both drivers and passengers. However, the GMC Savana also earns a meager three-star rating for rollover protection, though that is not entirely unexpected in a vehicle so large. Unfortunately, the 2008 GMC Savana does not offer any side impact test results from the NHTSA.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the other major crash tester in the U.S., has not had a chance to test any GMC Savanas.
In addition to a five-star rating for front impact protection, the GMC Savana 2008 offers several features to satisfy the safety-conscious buyer. While the van's safety features list is nowhere near that found on most consumer vehicles today, Edmunds attests that on the GMC Savana, "all models have antilock disc brakes, stability control and side curtain airbags (for the first three rows) as standard equipment." ConsumerGuide adds that "daytime running lights" are standard, while an "OnStar assistance system" from GM is available on passenger versions of the GMC Savana 2008.
One area where reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the 2008 GMC Savana exceeds expectations is in terms of driver visibility. Kelley Blue Book reviewers are pleased that the "large side mirrors aid in parking and lane-change maneuvers and the tall side glass makes it easy to see vehicles traveling close by."
While it might not stack up well against the latest and greatest in the mainstream auto market, the 2008 GMC Savana holds its own against other vans.