Silverado and Sierra are first NHTSA 5 Star pickup trucks
By Brandon Turkus, Autoblog
General Motors has just become the first pickup truck manufacturer to receive five-star overall vehicle scores in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program. The updated safety standards, which went into effect in 2011, are more strenuous than the previous NHTSA curriculum and involve collecting both more and more substantial data, reflecting the improved safety inherent in newer vehicles. This is an impressive strike against both the Ford F-150 and the recently redesigned Ram 1500, GM’s two biggest competitors in the full-size truck market.
The rating only applies to the redesigned, light-duty Silverado, Sierra and their upmarket variants, High Country and Denali, respectively, while only Crew Cab variants were tested. Considering that the four-door body style will make up 60 percent of GM’s light-duty truck sales, the exclusion of the other variants seems reasonable.
This news is sure to be yet another feather in GM’s pickup-oriented cap. Be sure to scroll down for video of the crash testing, as well as the full press release from General Motors.