The prime reason for Stabilitrak (and similar anti-roll enhancements) is
because trucks and SUV's have a higher center of gravity than traditional
passenger cars. A higher center of gravity makes a vehicle more prone to
rollover, whereas a low center of gravity (like a sedan) makes the vehicle
less prone. The primary causes of vehicle rollover in sedans and coupes is
outside forces or interference (an impact with something external) or when
the wheels lose contact with the ground, which stabilitrak won't help with.
There are some passenger vehicles that have a pretty wide height to width
ratio (taller and narrower) where stabilitrak might come into play in the
future (e.g. - Chevy HHR, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Toyota Matrix, Suzuki Aerio,
etc.), but they are still pretty low to the ground as compared to the more
traditional trucks and SUV's.
If you are interested in passenger cars with safety features, then look into
vehicles that have traction control because stabilitrak just isn't needed on
these types of vehicles.
Cheers - Jonathan
I don't think your reasoning is correct. Sedans had stabilitrak (Cadillac)
long before SUV's did. And it's not just for "rollover". It's quite useful
in keeping the vehicle on an even keel when performing emergency type
manuevers. I've driven numerous stabilitrak vehicles, both winter and
summer weather, and the difference between having the stabilitrak on
or off is very noticable. As in.....you are unable to induce a spin when
the stabilitrak is on, even in slippery winter weather.
How does the Stabilitrak compare to Pontiac's Enhanced Traction
Control? I'm anxiously awaiting a Grand Prix with all the safety
features (side curtain airbags, 2 types of TC, etc) and am curious to
see how it'll handle snow this winter.
Mike, I'm not sure what Pontiac's version is like, but I would
bet big money that it's identical, just a different name. GM likes
to do that sort of thing.
I've taken Seville's and Devilles out and thrown them around in
the snow.....I think you will be amazed if it's anything like the
Cadillac system. Mind you, there is a time and place where you
want full control of the car.....on the Caddy's you can at least
turn it off. It would be very irritating if you couldn't turn the
Thanks, I heard from my salesman that there's no new info on the car
since we last talked last week. It should be sequenced for build by
now, possibly even to be built this week (hopeful maybe). Today is
just about 3 weeks since I ordered it, it's 3 weeks until the
"projected delivery date" as the dealer has in the system. If it
takes a week or 2 from completion to get the car to the lot, build
should be soon. I'm gettin' antsy for the car, sold my truck the week
I ordered the car since I had others available to drive.
Thread hijack off now...
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