First to Ace on New Crash Test
The all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and Silverado High Country as well as the 2014 GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali 1500 have become the first pickup trucks to receive the highest possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its new car assessment program for the 2011 model year.
The NHTSA conducted the crash tests with crew cab models since Chevrolet and GMC expect the crew cab models to account for at least 60 percent of their 2014 light duty full-size pickup truck sales.
“Safety is as important to truck buyers as it is to car buyers,” said Gay Kent, GM general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “Silverado and Sierra set a benchmark for pickup truck safety by offering a full array of advanced features designed to protect occupants before, during and after a collision.”
Both the new 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are built with a fully boxed frame that is built with high-strength steel. On top of this, they both offer safety features such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Safety Alert Seat. You might be asking yourself; just what a Safety Alert Seat is. Well, it’s a system that warns the driver of potential traffic danger using directional vibration pulses from the seat cushion or in other words, it’s a spider sense that tingles when you’re in danger of a potential collision.
Forward Collision Alert on the other hand is a system that helps prevent frontal crashes by alerting the driver when the truck is closing in on a vehicle ahead too quickly to give them time to react and avoid a collision. It’s like a back seat general keeping you in check while speeding down the highway. GM’s engineers also made sure to include a Lane Departure Warning system that alerts you if your truck drifts over a lane line when traveling at least 35 mph. This isn’t really something that’s needed unless you’re the type of distracted driver that’s oblivious to the whole world around you while traveling at speed on the highway. Hopefully this makes these drivers more adequate behind the wheel of a 5,000 plus pound truck.
If that doesn’t help lousy drivers, both trucks feature six standard air bags and 360-degree sensor system which includes dual-stage frontal air bags, head-curtain side-impact air bags with rollover protection and seat-mounted side-impact air bags to keep occupants safe and sound in the event of a collision.
That’s all well and good but can it safely tow a heavy load? Yes, it can. In fact, the GM engineers designed a trailer-sway control that works with StabiliTrak to give the driver additional help when towing a trailer. When it senses trailer sway, it intervenes with braking and/or reduced engine power to get the trailer back under control. A good thing too since nobody likes a tail wagging trailer. To bring the truck and trailer to a safe stop, four-wheel, four-channel antilock disc brakes are employed at each corner to provide straight, more controlled stops while keeping the wheels from locking up at the wrong time.
It’s good to know that GM is innovating and engineering their trucks with not just performance but also safety in mind. Even if we never have to rely on any of the safety features, it definitely gives an added peace of mind knowing it’ll be there to save our necks.