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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Antilock disc brakes are standard, as is a superb stability control system
Options include...front side-impact airbags
Kelley Blue Book
Dual front airbags
It's no surprise that the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette hasn't been crash-tested by either NHTSA or the IIHS given its $47,000-plus price tag for even the most basic coupe. However, the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette is hardly lacking in safety, as it comes with a couple of critical safety features that should give a boost to driver confidence.
The Chevrolet Corvette lineup comes with standard "antilock disc brakes," according to Edmunds reviewers, along with "a superb stability control system known as 'Active Handling.'" For 2009, Motor Trend notes that "revisions are also incorporated to the hardware and software of the anti-locking braking, traction control, and Magnetic Ride Control systems." In addition to those electronic systems, ConsumerGuide finds that "dual front airbags" come standard on all 2009 Chevrolet Corvettes. Furthermore, ConsumerGuide reports that the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Z06 models get "uprated brakes." The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 also offers optional "side airbags" with the "3ZR Preferred Equipment Group," according to ConsumerGuide.
The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette boasts all the safety features you could expect to find on a high-end sportscar, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that one major safety flaw manifests itself from the driver's seat. ConsumerGuide reviewers are disappointed to discover that "thick roof pillars hamper visibility to all corners" on 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Z06, and base models, though that problem is understandably minimized on the Chevrolet Corvette convertible with the top down.
An unparalleled stability system keeps 2009 Chevrolet Corvette drivers from getting into too much trouble.