2011 GMC Sierra 1500  RealSafeCars65Safety Rating

#7 of 2011 Pickups

#130 of all 2011 vehicles


The Sierra 1500, a mainstay of GMC's lineup for decades, is a large pickup with seating up to 6. The GMC Sierra 1500 packs some potency, exceeding the average horsepower for its class. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2016. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily handle mud, snow, and sand. GMC offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 is very unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 has a score of 65, implying a 0.061% chance of driver death (5.5% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0611% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.9805%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0611% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.9805% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 is 27% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other pickups, the 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 is 10% more likely to result in a fatal accident.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

1002Chevrolet ColoradoGMC CanyonSuzuki EquatorGMC Sierra 1500Nissan FrontierKia SedonaDodge Ram 1500Toyota SiennaDodge Grand CaravanFord F-150Chevrolet SilveradoToyota TundraComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 2 to 100. The 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 is safer than the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and the 2011 GMC Canyon and less safe than the 2011 Kia Sedona, the 2011 Toyota Tundra, the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, the 2011 Ford F-150, the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, the 2011 Toyota Sienna, and the 2011 Dodge Ram 1500. It is about as safe as the 2011 Suzuki Equator and the 2011 Nissan Frontier.

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