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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, frontal impacts; five stars, side impacts; three stars, rollover rating
Standard safety features include GM's StabiliTrak stability control system
Standard safety equipment includes full-length side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, traction control
The 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid has been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the government agency responsible for such tests, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are particularly impressed with the results. After subjecting the 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid to its full battery of tests, the NHTSA awarded the SUV a perfect five stars for occupant protection in every impact category. That includes a five-star rating for driver and passenger protection during front impacts, as well as full marks for protection during both driver and passenger side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the other major crash tester in the U.S., has not yet had a chance to rate the expensive and relatively rare GMC Yukon Hybrid 2008.
In addition to strong crash-test ratings, the 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid also boasts a long list of standard safety features. According to Edmunds reviewers, the 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid's "standard safety equipment includes full-length side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, traction control, OnStar and a rearview camera." ForbesAutos adds that the GMC Yukon Hybrid 2008 features "GM's StabiliTrak stability control system," and they note the side-curtain airbags "remain inflated for several seconds to protect passengers in the event of a rollover."
Also aiding overall safety ratings is the impressive driver visibility, especially considering the size of the 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid. Reviewers at AutoWeek attribute this to "a seating position above the fray." While visibility directly to the rear is impeded simply by the size of the 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid, Kelley Blue Book says that a "rearview camera system" helps make backing up and parallel parking maneuvers more manageable.
The 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid uses its size to its advantage in crash tests, and the standard safety equipment is well matched to the Yukon.