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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
“Those that accidentally exceed the limits will encounter the StabiliTrak system, which intervenes to bring the vehicle back under control with minimal drama.”
Four stars, frontal for the driver, five stars in all other tests
Top "good" ratings in all tests
One of the Silverado’s chief competitors, the Tundra, has standard seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain bags, whereas head-protecting side curtain airbags are optional and side airbags aren’t available on the Silverado, including top-trim models. However, the Silverado now has standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control—a feature that can make a very significant difference in avoiding accidents, especially for pickups.
The Silverado 1500 achieves 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 gets an overall rating of Acceptable.
The 2009 Chevrolet Silverado lacks some of the safety features shoppers expect, but the truck does provide good protection.