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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal, side, and rear impact; 'good,' roof strength
Five stars overall; five stars frontal, five stars side (Crew Cab)
Much has changed in safety awareness since the last-generation GMT900 pickups made their debut in 2006. The previous trucks weren't exactly top performers in crash tests; they earned four stars overall from the federal government but were brought down especially by their 'acceptable' IIHS side results and 'marginal' IIHS roof strength rating.
With an improved frame, an all-new cab structure, and repositioned pillars, as well as a revised seating position and more safety equipment, the 2014 Chevy Silverado provides much-improved protection. The NHTSA says it's worth a five-star overall rating in crew-cab models, the best performance of any full-size pickup truck on the market. The IIHS has also given the Silverado its top 'good' scores in most categories, although it hasn't yet rated these trucks in the small overlap frontal test.
Standard safety equipment includes StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control, plus Hill Start Assist, as well as head-curtain side airbags with rollover protection.
An available Lane Departure Warning system keeps the driver alert of lane drifts via a chime or optional Safety Alert Seat—much like what’s offered now on the Cadillac XTS and ATS sedans. Bigger spotter mirrors help with visibility in blind spots, even though the mirrors themselves are smaller and more aerodynamic, while other safety features on offer include a camera-based Forward Collision Alert system. front and rear park assist, and a rear tailgate camera.
The 2014 Silverado does better than its predecessor in NHTSA crash tests, while new active-safety features at the top of the line could give you added assurance.