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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
OnStar emergency communications
Good" frontal-offset crash score
Four stars, front impact, regular and extended cab; five stars, four-door
Upgraded brakes and the addition of StabiliTrack electronic stability control should help the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado improve a bit on its middle-of-the-pack safety.
The four-door Chevrolet Colorado gets five-star frontal crash scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with four-star ratings in side impacts and nearly all other distinctions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ranks the Colorado as “good” for all front impacts but "marginal" in its seat-based rear-impact test and "poor" in its side-impact test—that’s for models without the optional side-curtain bags. TheCarConnection.com’s editors note that thorax-protecting side airbags remain unavailable on the Colorado.
The reviewers at Edmunds welcome the inclusion of "OnStar emergency communications," now standard on all 2009 Chevrolet Colorado models.
With electronic stability control and improved braking now standard, the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado likely has reduced chances of getting in an accident, though it’s still not at the head of the pack in protection.