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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, frontal impact and side impact protection; four stars, rollover rating
Good," frontal offset, side, and rear impact; Top Safety Pick
Brake intervention of the stability control felt seamless
The 2010 Chevrolet Traverse is one of the safest vehicles in its class, scoring full marks in federal government testing and coming with all the expected safety features.
In both frontal- and side-impact crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse received a perfect five-star rating for its protection of occupants in head-on and side-impact collisions. The Traverse also scored top marks in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, where it got the highest rating of "good" in frontal, side, and rear tests. The IIHS even named it a Top Safety Pick.
The strong crash-test results are only part of the story, however. Where the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse also shines is in its long list of available and standard safety features. Cars.com reviewers state that "front, side-impact and side curtain airbags are standard," and "the curtains cover all three rows of seats." In addition to the inflatable protection, ConsumerGuide says that "antilock four-wheel disc brakes" and an "antiskid system" are included on all Traverse Chevrolets. Kelley Blue Book reports that StabiliTrak stability control with Rollover Mitigation Technology is a major highlight, “although you'll never know it until you have to use it, this technology could very well save your life. It drastically improves the Traverse's ability to remain composed in even the most radical emergency maneuvers.”
ConsumerGuide claims there is "good outward visibility thanks to big mirrors and unobtrusive rear headrests," although they do mention that "the view to the front corners is partially obscured by thick roof pillars." Overall, that's good news in a field of vehicles that requires a lot of neck-craning. Also scoring bonus points for the Traverse are the "blind spot mirrors" that Autoblog reviewers find in place of "those expensive blind spot sensors," and they report that the effective mirrors give "you a good look at what's tucked in behind you."
The 2010 Chevrolet Traverse is one of the safest vehicles in its class, with its large, sturdy structure garnering great crash-test ratings.