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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact and side impact; three stars, rollover resistance
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard
Tire-pressure monitoring, stability control, curtain airbags are standard
Car and Driver
When it comes to safety, the 2010 Tahoe performs well.
NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) awards it five stars for all crash tests, save for a three-star rollover rating. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has not yet tested any of the big GM utes.
Standard safety features include dual front, side, and curtain airbags that cover all rows of seats; traction and stability control; OnStar; and tire pressure monitors. Car and Driver notes that standard 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, MotherProof reports that "two sets of Latch connectors" are available on the rear bench for securing child safety seats. Kelley Blue Book praises GM 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." Cars.com says the Tahoe Hybrid has "brackets attached to the front of its frame...designed to help it better engage with the structure of a smaller vehicle during a crash."
Visibility is an issue. AutoblogGreen points out "plenty of blind spots" and "changing lanes or pulling into tight parking spaces...requires extra care." However, a backup camera and side mirrors with curb tilt are also standard equipment on the Hybrid. That rearview camera is an option on the standard Tahoe, as are rear parking sensors and a blind-spot warning system. ConsumerGuide reports the rearview camera "aids aft visibility but distorts distances, compromising its usefulness." Car and Driver observes the "large exterior mirrors made lane changing easy in the Tahoe."
The 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe performs well in crash tests; TheCarConnection.com advises buyers choose the optional rearview camera on non-Hybrid Tahoes for better visibility.