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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard
Tire-pressure monitoring, stability control, curtain airbags are standard
Car and Driver
Five stars, front impact and side impact; three stars, rollover resistance
The reviews read by the TheCarConnection.com reported that the full-size 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe received strong crash-test ratings.
In NHTSA tests the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe earned a perfect five-star rating in both front impact categories, as well as additional five-star ratings for both side impact categories. In fact, the only area where the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe didn't earn a perfect rating was in the rollover category, where it scored a middle-of-the-road three stars. While that rating is unfortunate, it's not entirely surprising given the Chevrolet Tahoe's tall body. The 2009 Chevy Tahoe has not yet been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Car and Driver notes that across the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe lineup, standard Chevrolet Tahoe 2009 safety features include "dual front airbags, curtain side-impact airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, stability control, ABS, and tire-pressure monitoring, and OnStar emergency service." In a nod to the Chevrolet Tahoe's practicality as a family vehicle, Mother Proof reports that "two sets of Latch connectors" are available on the rear bench for securing child safety seats. Kelley Blue Book reviewers praise the 2009 Chevy Tahoe's manufacturer for making "StabiliTrak electronic stability control system standard on the Tahoe, because it is potentially life-saving technology that can significantly reduce single-vehicle accidents."
ConsumerGuide reports that the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe features a rearview camera that "aids aft visibility but distorts distances, compromising its usefulness," although if Chevrolet can fix that problem, then the camera will help greatly during parking maneuvers. Car and Driver observes that "large exterior mirrors made lane changing easy in the Tahoe."
The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe is a good, safe choice by most measures.