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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front and side impact protection; three stars, rollover resistance
rear-quarter blind spots hinder maneuverability
Side curtain airbags are now standard
The 2010 Chevy Avalanche earns five-star crash ratings from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and a three-star rollover rating, but it hasn't been tested by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
It's fitted with a comprehensive set of safety features, including front, side, and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; and stability and traction control. According to Edmunds, the Chevrolet Avalanche 2010's "rollover mitigation feature senses impending rollovers and can apply individual brakes in an attempt to stop them." In addition, the 2010 Chevy Avalanche is equipped with "GM's OnStar emergency communications system."
Safety options include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a blind-spot warning system, power-folding tow mirrors, and an integrated brake controller for towing systems.
Visibility is one area where the 2010 Chevy Avalanche doesn't shine. ConsumerGuide notes "the tall tail restricts vision directly aft." And while the "rear obstacle detection and rearview camera are helpful," they remark, "the camera distorts distances, compromising its usefulness." Edmunds warns the Avalanche's "large size and rear-quarter blind spots hinder maneuverability in tight spots."
The 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche is a strong crash-test study, but visibility warrants attention.