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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
instrument panel is positioned lower for easier visibility
Five stars, front and side impact protection; three stars, rollover resistance
safer than ever before
TheCarConnection.com is pleased to note that the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban gets good marks for safety overall.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet rated this vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), however, gives the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban five stars for front impact and side impact protection. For rollover resistance, the Suburban earns three stars.
ConsumerGuide states that front side airbags are available on the 2009 Chevy Suburban, as well as anti-lock brakes and an anti-skid system. Curiously, Cars.com reports standard stability and traction control on all 2009 Chevy Suburban sport-utes, as well as side-curtain airbags. However, this source says there are no side impact airbags, even as an option.
A useful option for 2009 is the Side Blind Zone Alert system, which is a big help when driving a vehicle as large as the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban. Additionally, ForbesAutos highlights the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban's stability control system, which comes standard on the vehicle. The system not only helps the driver in maintaining control of the Suburban, Chevrolet's "rollover mitigation technology...can deploy the vehicle's head-curtain airbags before a crash" if the sensor relays determine that a rollover is about to occur. This review also points out that some of the safety features are a consequence of the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban's overall design: a "wider track and a lowered center of gravity contribute to enhanced on-road stability."
ForbesAutos mentions that the 2009 Chevy Suburban's "instrument panel is positioned lower for easier visibility." Chevrolet's available "rearview camera aids aft visibility," ConsumerGuide says, but it also "distorts distances, compromising its usefulness." Car and Driver reports that tire pressure monitoring and seatbelt pretensioners are also standard with the Suburban.
The 2009 Chevrolet offers all the security its hulking size and weight hint at, with the exception of rollover concerns.