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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
top Good ratings in all tests
four stars frontal for the driver, five stars in all other tests
“Those that accidentally exceed the limits will encounter the StabiliTrak system, which intervenes to bring the vehicle back under control with minimal drama.”
The Silverado now has standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control—a feature that can make a very significant difference in avoiding accidents, especially for pickups. But even on top-trim models head-protecting side curtain airbags are optional and side airbags aren’t available; one of its chief competitors, the Tundra, has standard seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain bags across the line.
That said, the Silverado 1500 achieved straight five-star ratings—the top possible—in federal crash tests for frontal and side impacts, along with top Good ratings in the insurance industry’s frontal offset and side crash tests. But in the IIHS rear protection tests, the Silverado got an overall rating of Acceptable.
The 2008 Chevrolet Silverado provides the protection but lacks some of the standard features that are fast becoming expected by shoppers.