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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
nearly-uninterrupted view through 360 degrees
Kelley Blue Book
thick pillars can block over-the-shoulder and aft sightlines
airbags deploy with varying force depending on crash severity
Three stars, front impact--driver; four stars, front impact--passenger; five stars, side impact; four stars, rollover resistance
TheCarConnection.com's experts report that in terms of safety, the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer comes up short.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) crash-test results for the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer are decent but not inspiring. NHTSA awards the TrailBlazer three stars for front impact protection of the driver, four stars for rollover resistance in the four-wheel-drive version (but only three stars on the 2WD) and passenger protection in frontal impacts, and five stars on only the side impact tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the TrailBlazer 2009 Chevrolet as "acceptable" on frontal crash tests and "marginal" on side impact crashes.
Cars.com indicates that "side curtain airbags are now standard on all models," and "dual-stage front airbags deploy with varying force depending on crash severity." Car and Driver reports a plethora of safety equipment for the TrailBlazer: "dual front and curtain airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, stability control, ABS, and tire-pressure monitoring are standard across the TrailBlazer lineup." In addition, "OnStar emergency service is standard on all TrailBlazers."
ConsumerGuide remarks that visibility in the Chevrolet 2009 "is good to the front and sides, but the headrests and thick pillars can block over-the-shoulder and aft sightlines." Kelley Blue Book, on the other hand, says the Chevrolet TrailBlazer has "enough glass to give the driver a nearly-uninterrupted view through 360 degrees."
The 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer falls behind competing SUVs and crossovers in crash safety.