2021 GMC Sierra 1500  RealSafeCars76Safety Rating

#5 of 2021 Pickups

#113 of all 2021 vehicles


The Sierra 1500, part of GMC's lineup for decades, is a large pickup with seating up to 6. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily bypass mud and snow. The Sierra 1500 has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. GMC offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is below average 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 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 has a score of 76, implying a 0.048% chance of driver death (4.3% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.041%, and the chance of injury falls to 3.7%.

We estimate that the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0476% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.4322%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0476% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.4322% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is 1% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other pickups, the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is 14% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

Active safety features greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. An active safety system that is standard on the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is Enhanced Automatic Braking with Front Pedestrian Braking. There is an optional safety feature on the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 which may add to the cost but should be strongly considered --- Side Blind Zone Alert.


And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9353Nissan FrontierGMC CanyonChevrolet ColoradoFord F-150Chevrolet TraverseToyota TundraChrysler VoyagerDodge Ram 1500Ford RangerGMC Sierra 1500Chevrolet SilveradoToyota TacomaComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 53 to 93. The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is safer than the 2021 Nissan Frontier, the 2021 GMC Canyon, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado, and the 2020 Ford F-150 and less safe than the 2021 Chrysler Voyager, the 2021 Toyota Tundra, and the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse. It is about as safe as the 2021 Toyota Tacoma and the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado.

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