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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
plenty of blind spots
Five stars, front and side impacts
The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is loaded with safety features, though some reviewers criticize visibility in the SUV.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the Tahoe Hybrid at five stars for front and side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet tested the Tahoe Hybrid.
For the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, 2008 features the same safety equipment as found in the standard Tahoe, according to safercar.gov, including curtain airbags for all three rows, daytime running lights, four-wheel all-disc ABS, tire pressure monitors, auto door locks, automatic crash notification (via OnStar), and LATCH points for securing child car seats. Additionally, on the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, 2008 models are equipped with an "electronically-controlled braking system [which] also provides full traction and stability control," according to AutoblogGreen. Safety is a key selling point among all manufacturers, and these features are standard among the Tahoe's competitors, too, save for OnStar.
The 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid has "brackets attached to the front of its frame...designed to help it better engage with the structure of a smaller vehicle during a crash," says Cars.com. Three-point safety belts are standard for all seating positions, but head restraints are not available for the center positions in both rows. ForbesAutos points out that "the side-curtain airbags remain inflated for several seconds to protect passengers in the event of a rollover"--a unique feature of the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid.
A backup camera and side mirrors with curb tilt are also standard on the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid. As a full-size SUV, though, the Tahoe Hybrid has some drawbacks. For example, AutoblogGreen points out that there are "plenty of blind spots" and "changing lanes or pulling into tight parking spaces...requires extra care."
Safety is plentiful in the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, but check those blind spots.