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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe definitely builds an impression of heft and safety from appearance alone. Big SUVs haven't always provided top-notch protection that they hint, but in the case of the Chevrolet Tahoe, that first impression isn't at all off the mark. The Tahoe has earned solid crash-test scores and has a respectable set of safety features--some of which might help avoid an accident.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't yet tested the Tahoe, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has tested it under its new, tougher rating system. In that, the Tahoe earned five-star ratings for both frontal and side impact. While they haven't yet extended those ratings to the 2013 model year at the time of posting, we expect them to cover the essentially carry-over model.Dual front, side, and curtain airbags that cover all rows of seats; traction and stability control; and OnStar security and concierge services are all included across the Tahoe lineup.
With the Tahoe's rather tall stance and wide rear pillars, outward visibility can be a problem and require some double checks for parking and lane changes. For that, the available rearview camera system would be welcome; parking sensors and a blind-spot warning system are also available.
Excellent crash-test scores affirm the occupant protection of the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe.