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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
rear-quarter blind spots hinder maneuverability
Side curtain airbags are now standard
Five stars, front and side impact protection; three stars, rollover resistance
In addition to its great safety scores, the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche carries a long list of standard safety features.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not performed tests on the 2009 Avalanche, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Avalanche five out of five stars for front and side-impact protection. It did not do as well, receiving only three stars, in rollover resistance tests, though that can be expected for a rather tall truck.
According to Edmunds, the Chevrolet Avalanche 2009's "rollover mitigation feature senses impending rollovers and can apply individual brakes in an attempt to stop them." In addition, the 2009 Chevy Avalanche is equipped with "GM's OnStar emergency communications system." Cars.com reports that "curtain airbags are now standard," as well as "all-disc antilock brakes and an electronic stability system with rollover mitigation."
Visibility is one area where the 2009 Chevy Avalanche doesn’t shine. ConsumerGuide notes "the tall tail restricts vision directly aft." While the 2009 Chevy Avalanche "rear obstacle detection and rearview camera are helpful...the camera distorts distances, compromising its usefulness." Edmunds reports that the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche's "large size and rear-quarter blind spots hinder maneuverability in tight spots."
The 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche performs exceptionally well in crash tests, but it has some visibility issues.