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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, front and side impacts; four stars, rollover resistance
Good," front impacts; "acceptable," side impacts
visibility is generally good
The 2010 GMC Sierra 1500 and Sierra Hybrid score well in crash tests and in TheCarConnection.com's safety ratings.
NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) awards it five stars for front-impact protection, but it has not performed side-impact crash tests. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) puts front-impact performance at "good" and side-impact protection at "acceptable," an improvement over 2009 thanks to newly standard side and curtain airbags.
Car and Driver confirms "four-wheel antilock brakes and an electronic stability system" as standard offerings. ConsumerGuide adds a "tire-pressure monitor" and "daytime running lights" to the list. Other standard equipment includes traction control and OnStar.
A rearview camera is available, as are power-adjustable pedals, on Sierras and Hybrids. ConsumerGuide reports "visibility is generally good, though the extended cab's thick rear pillars hinder view to back corners." TheCarConnection.com still recommends buyers purchase the rearview camera, since the Sierra's bed sits so high above the ground.
The 2010 GMC Sierra 1500 performs well in crash tests and offers more safety equipment this year.