GM's 2014 Crew-Cab Pickups Earn NHTSA Five-Star Overall Safety Rating

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By Aaron Bragman

GM has announced that the crew-cab models of its newly redesigned pickups, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, have earned an industry-first five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The two trucks are the first to earn the award since a stricter test came into use for the 2011 model year.

All vehicles for sale in the U.S. are required to pass minimum NHTSA safety requirements, but most manufacturers go above and beyond those requirements knowing that high-scoring vehicles mean a competitive advantage in showrooms. GM added several new features to the 2014 pickups such as a forward collision alert, lane departure warning and safety alert seat (a system vibrates the driver's seat if the vehicle strays from a lane). All of these safety features helped boost the pickups' scores. Along with the five-star overall rating, the two pickups also earned five stars in frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test.

GM says the construction of the trucks also helped their scores; the pickups are built with fully boxed frames and extensive use of high-strength steel. The awards are specific to the crew-cab, four-door versions of the Silverado and Sierra, the models tested by the NHTSA. GM says the crew cabs make up 60 percent of all GM pickup sales.

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Mike I will be happy to leave but I'm bigger than all of you and still love you all. I mean I still love nature....despite what it did to me.

Like my grandfather would say. "Virginity like bubble, one prick all gone." And one day I'll lose mine...you'll see Mike.

Wow, unbelievable.

I know Frank it is unbelievable but I just don’t care what you stinking trolls think. Cars.com has a lot to learn from web sites like TTAC and highbootsweb.com. I’m spending more and more of my time on those now.

I mean how hard could it be to monitor this site and how hard it can be to take a quick look at your tires, look for fluid leaks, and check one's lights and guages before departing? My son would say hit the brakes to put a vehicle in gear and scream a man who fights with his wife all day gets no piece at night. I told his mother not to drink during the pregnancy. I've seen cars driving down the road with doors partially open, my inlaws were complaining about Plump Enhancement Cream in my wife's minivan when they borrowed it. I walked over and saw the tube and threw it out the door. How hard is that to spot?

My favorite is seeing 2 feet hanging out the door with the driver banging against the body as they drive.
I always pre-trip before going on a long trip or head off on a hunting, fishing trip or to getting some bush. I double check tiedowns and any bulky items or if I have time potentially drop a load before driving off. It just calms me down.
I have kids and always look around to make sure they are mine. I’ve driven away with strange kids more than once. It really P’s off their parents….it just means being more aware. It takes a few minutes but is well worth it.

Every time I read the comments here I lose faith in my fellow man. It's so sad that there's no moderation here. The site had credibility once.

The site was running smoothly before Lou came in 2010 and brought a bunch of trolls with him and started attacking/trolling several people which brought out more trolls.

Lou can make a few good comments now and again, but on the whole he has done an enormous amount of damage. I won't be sad to see him leave or stay on topic.

I agree with Dave. Either Lou has to got to stay on topic or he has got to go!

@Dave - I've been around longer than 2010 and the trolls hit hard once Mike Levine sold PUTC to Tribune Media Services which owns Cars.com.
A severe lack of blog moderation has lead to this problem.

Would you prefer that everyone mindlessly agreed with you?
That would greatly increase Ford's market share.

@Greg - on the subject of trolls, look in the mirror.

The fake posters are killing this site and NO, they aren't going to drive me off but they are doing a great job of turning this site into an absolute joke which drives away other bloggers.

The fake posts aren't hurting me as the bloggers on this site that have a respectable opinion know the difference.

Lou,

Actually Mike sold the site to Cars.com in 2008 before there were comments even alowed on the blog posts.

The comments section changed when a few people took it upon themselves to turn every post off-topic.

I like it if you disagree with me. I just don't care for the off-topic disagreemnts.

@Dave, I have a funny feeling that is Lou or one of his associates doing the spamming and "fake" posts so they can make the comments section look bad and get it shut down.

I agree with Lou this site had a lot better comment place when Mike Levine ran it even though he was a Ford nut.

And yes Lou has been on here way before 2010 go look at old story's and the comments, you will find a good decent Lou post.

I agree with Lou this site had a lot better comment place when Mike Levine ran it even though he was a Ford nut.

And yes Lou has been on here way before 2010 go look at old story's and the comments, you will find a good decent Lou post.

@Lou, Try to be civil to your fellow blog readers.
Stay on topic. We want to hear your opinions and thoughts, but please only comment about the specified topic in the blog post.

Lou starting posting in October 2009.

johnny doe, I believe that it is you that is spamming under Lou's name.

@Johnny doe: well they finally made them safer. Of course, I'd like to see the IIHS ratings. They are alot more specific, and on 2013 GM twins they had some five stars, but were rather weak per IIHS. All depends who is rating them.

As for stopping distances, ask around and people in the know (few and far between on this site, ) will tell you a taller heavier wheel/tire combo is harder to stop. Knowing about the biggest tire GM1500s use is what a 31.9"? There's your braking distance, look around, Rams have stopped very good on their 265/70 17s in other tests, it just seems alot of magizines /sites want to test the Rams with 33" tires on 20" wheels. when peop actually takes away performance..yet when people stick big tires on those GMs, tell me how good they stop?

I've said it before, Ram can stand more tire options, like a 60/65 series tires that's not 33" tall. Or some 33" tires that aren't 60s for offroading, and keep the 33" for those that want that...not me.

So Johnny, how about 1500 ground clearance?

GUTS

GLORY

I HAVE A RAINBOW BUMPERSTICKER ON MY TRUCK

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@Dave- The news blog portion of this site has always had an open format that started under Mike Levine. The other blogs on this site require a valid email address and a password. Mike sold the site to Cars.com in 2008 which is owned Tribune Media Services. Mike then left for Ford in the fall of 2011.
Thanks for the correction.

Thanks Johnny Doe.

@Dave - I do not care if someone does not agree with me. If someone wants to take a debate off topic, and the site allows it and it is somewhat related to trucks, industry, business or how and why people make their personal choices, so what? That is how we learn, grow, and develop a sense of where each blogger's opinion is coming from. That leads to mutual respect which is severely lacking on this site.

@TRX 4 Tom Ground clearance is pretty good the best 8.93 inches lowest GM is 8.63 inches most will be 8.9 inches

Ram's best is 9.2 but you pay a boat load for air bags, most have 8.6 inches

All 4wd models

www.ramtrucks.com

www.gmc.com

@TRX 4 Tom Ground clearance is pretty good the best 8.93 inches lowest GM is 8.63 inches most will be 8.9 inches

Ram's best is 9.2 but you pay a boat load for air bags, most have 8.6 inches

All 4wd models

I don't want to single Lou out because I have done it too, but this is why he is being trolled.

Things are going rather smoothly then the first comment Lou makes is a troll post to GMC guys,
"I'm surprised that none of the anti-Chevy guys have said that the new GMC in the picture looks much better post crash. LOL" says Lou.

Remember, what Mike Levine said awhile ago. He said you are a troll and are trolling if you post non-constructive posts like this (Johnny Doe is an idiiot or "the new GMC looks better crashed.")


I know that stuff is funny at times, but it only hurts yourself because it causes others to troll you back and then the site is infested with trolls. There will always be trolls but try not to be one yourself and do your best not to stir them up.

Mike Levine said, "Ttake that stuff to the War Room in the PUTC forums. It has no place in the comments section of stories."

We must set the example of throughtful and on-topic debates. Thoughtful on-topic debate and intelligently comparing the merits of one truck/brand versus others is welcomed and appreciated.


@All American, Bill, Johnny Doe, Dave, Gregory J., Frank, DenverMike, Ken, and others - You're a bunch of lying no good punks!

I know who its coming from because I backtraced it. And you've been reported to the Cyber Police. You'll be arrested. End of conversation.

I've been sending more time at TTAC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYrlj9VE2fg

Posted by: Lou N. | Aug 21, 2013 5:12:19 PM

LOL!

@Dave and others – stop the crying about being on topic or off topic. You are jealous of my writing ability and my knowledge of vehicles in general. My job here is to educate the uninformed public like most of you Rambo Motard’s here. I don’t care if someone does not agree with me. If someone wants to take a debate off topic, I’ll be glad to prove them wrong.

Let me give you some examples:
In the “Ram 1500 Earns Consumer Reports Recommendation” of July 16, 2013 article, I respectfully said:
“Wow, this is all truly pathetic. The Ram 1500 gets praise from CR and the rival fans say it is a bogus test.” I know I called you pathetic, but that’s how I school you people and that leads to mutual respect which is severely lacking on this site. Spare the rod and spoil the child.

Unlike you people, I try to remain respectful and not use crude language. As I said to @sandman4X4 in the article “100 Years of the Chevy Bowtie”
on July 22, 2013: “ I hope that the guys nephew isn't a douche bag and beats the sh-t out of it.” This leads to mutual respect which is severely lacking on this site. Like my post of December 12th “I can tell from the quality of the Rambo Motard posts that they are used to playing with small nobs.”

In the article “Could Global Competition Lower Pickup Prices” of August 5, 2013 when I say: “Looks like Dead Man must filling his shorts with spooge due to all the BS he can spread about the Chicken Tax.” Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour it should be the rule for any thread. Something like my post of August 13th to NLP – “the reason why people are saying it is ugly because it is and secondly, the Rambo Motard Tribe has a habit of saying everyone elses product is ugly.” You can’t pay for this kind of insight! I even invent new words like “elses” instead of else’s and then politely correct your spelling mistakes like on my post of Aug 16, 2013 “1st, you need to learn how to spell. A truly religious person would not misspell "testament". I’m just trying to teach you people to spell gooder.

I tend to be tolerant to other peoples beliefs, like my posting of August 16th in the “NHTSA Makes Recall Info Easier to Find” article. I said “You can quote the Old Testament but since the USA is a Christian country, that part of the bible carries less weight than the New Testament.” Warm and welcoming statements like that lead to mutual respect. I know that if I had Jewish friends they would agree.

Finally my favorite posting I made on August 11th “oookkkkkkkaayyyyyyy...........WTF?” Short and sweet. That is how we learn, grow, and develop a sense of where each blogger's opinion is coming from.

Need I go on? That’s how I’ve gain the respect and admiration of you all!

@johnny doe: Where is said ground clearance measured? Toyota claims big ground clearance, mostly cause they don't have a low slung (removable) air dam like the big three, but then I have measured and seen that their lower control arms, frames, crossmembers, mufflers, gas tanks, transfer case, and so much for their claim. Wonder how GMs are? Maybe on a Sunday/or evening I will go measure, a 2014, when some pesky salesman isn't there to bug me.

Earlier I said the GMs had a 31.9" tire, actually that is their TALLEST, the ones in the last shootout here had 265/65 18s, I believe? Correct me if I'm wrong. But those are about a 31.5" tire. Wow. With less capicty, but good braking, atleast in these tests! BUT, there is that word, as you can see, the GMs reacted the most when the 1200 pounds of payload was added. They had the most differance loaded and unloaded. That was with a 1200 pound payload, while GM says they have good payload, lets see them stop at that max payload.

The Ram? Started out weighing more then a GM, as is the Ford. The Ford really did better then the GMs when you think about the weight of the truck, and the fact that one GM did alot better (or worse, depending how you look at it) then the other. But then in the gas mileage competition, one did great, the other just so so. So when you get a GM, because they test inconsistant, life really is like a box of chocalites, and you really don't know what you will get.

The Ram has stopped better then all these trucks in the pickuptrucks.com shootout, in other tests, with a crew 4x4 hemi Sport, according to Motor Trend truck of the year. But that was another test. They shoulda done some trailer stopping tests, and an offroad corse!

@TRX-4 Tom Not sure where they measured the ground clearance from my guess would be the front air dam

@Dave - Here is the whole post "I'm surprised that none of the anti-Chevy guys have said that the new GMC in the picture looks much better post crash. LOL

Square fenders, not much different than the '87 I saw yesterday.

nice to see safety improvements made on any brand."

Now, that comment was NOT aimed at Chevy guys but at the trolls and anti-Chevy guys.
Please note the "I'm surprised that none of the anti-Chevy guys" part.

One can cut and paste out of context all they want and what does that show?

As far as trolling goes, take a look at the comments that are ruining this site. This site needs to step up to the plate and start blocking IP adresses and deleting posts. That is why we are seeing a large number of fake posts, people are getting away with it.

I am being targetted but as I've said before, it hurts the reputation of PUTC. It has no effect on me.



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