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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.
Good," frontal offset impact
Five stars, front impacts; five stars, side impacts
Full complement of airbags, electronic stability control
Safety ratings for the 2010 Silverado 1500 and Hybrid are good, thanks to a five-star rating from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) for front-impact protection. The agency has not completed side-impact tests. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has tested both angles and rates the Silverado as "good" for front-impact protection and "acceptable" for side-impact protection, which is aided by newly standard side and curtain airbags across the Silverado 1500 lineup.
Other standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, OnStar, and tire pressure monitors. The Detroit News reports that the Silverado Hybrid gets a "full complement of airbags, electronic stability control, and OnStar." A rearview camera is available, as are power-adjustable pedals. MotherProof is pleased to note the Hybrid's standard "adjustable pedals," which reviewers "really appreciated."
Visibility is a critical safety system in pickups, which sit higher than other vehicles in traffic and have a less complete view of smaller vehicles in other lanes. ConsumerGuide says "visibility is generally good," on the Silverado 1500, "though wide rear pillars partially block the view to the back corners." Autobytel says big mirrors help: "With mirrors properly adjusted, small cars stand little chance of getting lost from view when merging, and the tall rear window affords a good look at what's going on behind you." However, Car and Driver criticizes the "cheesy mirrors," which occupy space in the driver's peripheral vision.
The 2010 Chevrolet Silverado scores well on crash tests; TheCarConnection.com advises shoppers to take GM up on the optional rearview camera, for safety's sake.