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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact
Five stars, front impacts; five stars, side impacts
Full complement of airbags, electronic stability control
The Detroit News
The 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid is, overall, a very safe vehicle, although one blemish on its crash-test record jumps out. Aside from its crash-test ratings, the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid comes standard with a wide range of safety gear to keep you out of trouble.
In NHTSA testing, the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid earns a perfect five-star rating for both driver- and passenger-side front impacts, as well as five-star ratings in both side impact categories. These excellent scores are complemented by an IIHS rating of "good"—the highest possible—in the frontal offset impact category.
When it comes to safety features, the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid has you covered—or enveloped, as the case may be. The Detroit News reports that the Silverado Hybrid gets a "full complement of airbags, electronic stability control, and OnStar." J.D. Power reviewers also states that "standard safety equipment on the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid will include dual-stage front air bags, anti-lock brakes, tire-pressure monitor, traction control and electronic stability control." Another noteworthy feature is the available set of "head-protecting curtain side air bags with rollover deployment and rear obstacle detection [that] will be optional," according to J.D. Power.
Visibility is one characteristic that doesn't get mentioned much in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, but it is a critical element in avoiding accidents—especially with pickups, as they tend to ride high, obscuring the view of traffic in adjacent lanes. On the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, ConsumerGuide says that "visibility is generally good, though wide rear pillars partially block the view to the back corners." Fortunately, J.D. Power notes that "a rearview camera will also be available" on the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid to help combat those annoying blind spots.
A full set of airbags and generally strong crash-test ratings work together to help protect the occupants inside the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid.