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Have you been keeping an eye on the Chevrolet Silverado 1500? It deserves your attention because it has been continuously working on improving with more power, an updated interior, and enhanced quality. However, the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 still has some work to do. 

How safe is the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500?

The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 parked in a grassy field
2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 | Chevrolet

The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 is a pretty safe truck. It has a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) with a four-star rating for its rollover risk. It also has pretty good scores from the Insurance Insitute of Highway Safety (IIHS). 

However, it’s falling behind the pack. It didn’t make it on Pickup Truck Talk’s list of the top five safest trucks for 2023. The list includes the 2023 Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Hyundai Santa Cruz, Rivian R1T, and 2023 Toyota Tundra. 

The Toyota Tundra is actually the safest truck and earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation. It’s one of the newer trucks on the market after a recent remodel, which could contribute to its success. 

However, the Ram 1500 was redesigned in 2019, making it one of the older models available. It still beats the Chevy Silverado 1500. It has a quality, durable design that still holds up today. 

The Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 failed to earn the Top Safety Pick+ title because of their headlights. Visibility, especially at night, is very important for safety. 

Where did the Silverado struggle? 

The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 earned Good scores in most of the IIHS crash simulations. However, it got an Acceptable rating for its safety cage structure, ability to protect the lower leg, and ability to protect the left leg and foot in the moderate front overlap test. 

It got Marginal scores for the overall small overlap front passenger side test and the ability to protect the front passenger’s lower leg and front. Plus, it got a poor rating for the structure and safety cage during this test. 

The seatbelt reminders got a poor rating because the initiation time is too long, and the duration isn’t long enough. It’s under eight seconds. 

Also, the child seat anchors received a Marginal rating because the tethers are in a hard-to-find location, are located too deep in the seats, and can easily be confused with other hardware. 

There isn’t any information about the headlights available, and the Silverado was last redesigned in 2019. The updates in 2022 didn’t change the body or structure. 

What safety features are standard with the 2023 Silverado 1500?

The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 ZR2 off-roading in sand
2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 ZR2 | Chevrolet

The 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 comes with standard forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assistance. 

You can add automatic high beams, a surround-view camera system, trailer blind sport monitoring, a trailer camera view system, an in-bed camera view, and adaptive cruise control. The safety features seem to be effective without being intrusive, loud, and too pushy. 

Safety regulations are constantly changing and raising the bar as trucks try to adapt to higher standards. Being older doesn’t hurt the Ram 1500 too much, but the Silverado 1500 is behind the pack. 

The Silverado 1500 is still a safe and capable truck to consider. It just isn’t as safe as the Toyota Tundra, Ford F-150, and Ram 1500.