2012 GMC Sierra 1500  RealSafeCars66Safety Rating

#8 of 2012 Pickups

#139 of all 2012 vehicles

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

The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 is somewhat 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 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 has a score of 66, implying a 0.061% chance of driver death (5.5% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0611% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.9732%, 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 6.9732% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 is 27% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other pickups, the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 is 10% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9157Suzuki EquatorGMC Sierra 1500Nissan FrontierKia SedonaNissan QuestToyota SiennaDodge Ram 1500Ford TaurusDodge Grand CaravanFord F-150Chevrolet SilveradoToyota TundraComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 57 to 91. The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 is less safe than the 2012 Kia Sedona, the 2012 Nissan Quest, the 2012 Toyota Tundra, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, the 2012 Ford F-150, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, the 2012 Ford Taurus, the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500, and the 2012 Toyota Sienna. It is about as safe as the 2012 Nissan Frontier.

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