New Silverado and Sierra Earn Five-Star Safety Rating
The fully redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 have been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both the Silverado and Sierra earned five stars in the overall, front and side crash categories and four stars in rollover.
So far, the only models tested have been rear- and four-wheel drive crew cab models. Regular and extended cab models haven’t been made available for crash testing yet. General Motors says in a statement that it expects 60 percent of its buyers to opt for a crew cab model.
Edmunds says that these crash test results move the Chevy and GMC full size trucks to the head of the class in safety ratings. The Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra earn four star overall ratings. The Nissan Titan has only been tested by NHTSA for rollover.
Crash and safety testing is also conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but that group has not yet released crash test results for the redesigned GM pickups. Under IIHS testing, crew cab variants of both the Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra have been named Top Safety Picks.
In its statement, GM says that the new Silverado and Sierra are offered with an array of safety features, including six airbags and trailer sway control. Some optional features include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, GM’s safety alert seat and a backup camera.
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