The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander scores well in crash tests when outfitted with side airbags, but those features are optional, which lowers the Uplander’s crash score from TheCarConnection.com.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Uplander five stars for most front and side impacts, save for a four-star rating for front-seat side impacts. For rollovers, the minivan scores only three stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates it "good" in a frontal crash; in a side impact, it says the Uplander is "acceptable" when fitted with side airbags and "marginal" without them.
Edmunds notes that the "Chevrolet Uplander does an OK job of protecting its valuable human cargo but falls short of other minivans." The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander includes the following safety features: driver and passenger front side airbags, all-disc anti-lock brakes, daytime running lamps, electronic stability control, and child safety locks. Optional side impact airbags are available for the first and second row. "Although these airbags essentially do the same job as the side curtain airbags offered on all other minivans,” Edmunds adds, “there is no side protection available for the third row."