The 2015 GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado are both loaded with active safety features, like Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning as part of a “Driver Alert Package.” But as The Car Connection reports, these features aren’t necessarily indicative of structural safety to match.
The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) has awarded both the 2015 GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado a four-star crash safety rating in their Extended Cab layouts. They each earn four out of five stars with regard to frontal impact, five stars in side impact, but only three stars each for the rollover category due to their high centers of mass.
The NCAP estimates that the Extended Cab body style will prove more popular in the marketplace than the larger Crew Cab layout, but the latter adds space for rear seat occupants, and full-size, front-hinging doors, which could affect scores.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has yet to publish its findings in their own crash test ratings, but it’s worth noting that while not perfect, a four-star overall crash safety warning is still very good.