Although the limited crash-test results from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the federal government don't apply to all the Silverado's many body styles, there's enough evidence to come to some conclusions about the 2013 Silverado—which will be structurally carry-over from 2012.
The IIHS has rated previous model years of the Silverado a "good" performer in frontal impacts, without specifying a body style. However, they also find the side-impact protection to be only "acceptable," and roof strength "marginal."
The NHTSA, on the other hand, rates all body styles at four stars overall, including a five-star rating for side-impact protection.Standard safety equipment is good, with side and side curtain airbags standard on all Silverado 1500 models. Anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, OnStar, and tire pressure monitors are all included. Power-adjustable pedals and a rearview camera system are available, too.