The new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks have been rated five stars in the NHTSA crash tests, making them to become the first pickup trucks to receive this highest possible rating since the NHTSA changed its tests in 2011.
The GM trucks received five stars overall, which includes five stars in the frontal crash test, five stars in the side crash test, and a four star rollover rating. Changes to the NHTSA tests in 2011 made the tests more stringent, adding a side impact pole test, different sizes of crash test dummies, and an Overall Vehicle Score which compiles each crash test result into one universal metric.
The five star rating applies only to 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 models in the crew cab configuration, as 1500 regular cab and extended cab models have not yet been tested. Among competitors, the 2014 Ford F-150 and 2014 Ram 1500 are both rated at four stars by the NHTSA regardless of their cab configuration.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 are completely redesigned for 2014 and are available with numerous safety technologies like forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and GM’s Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates the driver’s seat if the vehicle senses approaching traffic.
Both Chevrolet and GMC models are on sale now with starting prices of $24,585 for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and $29,110 for the 2014 GMC Sierra. See photos and video of the truck undergoing crash testing below.
Source: GM, NHTSA