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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
side curtain airbags and adjustable pedals are optional on most models
visibility is generally good
Five stars, front impact protection; five stars, side impact; four stars, rollover resistance
Experts at TheCarConnection.com are pleased with the safety features included in the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 and the high marks earned in tests.
At the time of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested the GMC 2009 Sierra 1500. The truck does, however, earn superior marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
ConsumerGuide reports standard safety equipment includes "dual front airbags, antilock brakes, antiskid system w/rollover sensor (for the Crew Cab only), tire-pressure monitor, [and] daytime running lights." Car and Driver reports "four-wheel antilock brakes and an electronic stability system" as standard offerings on this GMC's 2009 Sierra 1500. Edmunds, however, is concerned that "side curtain airbags and adjustable pedals are optional on most models." Making these features standard could be a smart move for GMC.
ConsumerGuide says that the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500's "visibility is generally good, though the extended cab's thick rear pillars hinder view to back corners."
TheCarConnection.com also notes that GM’s StabiliTrak stability control system, which is now standard across the line for the smaller GMC Canyon and for most full-size pickups, is optional on the lowest trim levels of the Sierra.
The 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 performs well in the safety division thanks to plenty of smart equipment—though more of it should come standard.