GM’s pickup truck twins, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, become the first pickup trucks to receive the highest possible five-star safety rating from NHTSA’s (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) revised assessment program.
Tested models were the crew cab models models of both standard and High Country for Silverado and Denali for the Sierra, which are expected to account for more than 60 percent of the 2014 Silverado and Sierra sales. The trucks sailed through the tests thanks to their fully boxed frames, extensive use of high-strength steel, and a long list of standard and available safety features.
These pickups benefit form high-end technologies usually found in luxury saloons; features such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Safety Alert Seat. What’s more, they can be specified with OnStar, which has the capability to automatically call for help in the event of crash.
Standard safety kit on both 2014 Silverado and Sierra include six air bags and 360-degree sensor system, including dual-stage frontal air bags, head-curtain side-impact air bags with rollover protection, and seat-mounted side-impact air bags, Rear Vision Camera with Dynamic Guideline, four-wheel, four-channel, antilock disc brakes (ABS), trailer-sway control, and StabiliTrak.