Apr 12

Which Pickup Grades Best in Recent Crash Tests?

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crash tests dummiesPickup trucks are fun and helpful, but how do they stand up to crash tests?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released its finding its crash tests on 2016 pickup trucks and only one received a good rating in the small overlap crash tests where three out of the seven earned an acceptable or higher rating for occupant protection in a small overlap front crash.

IIHS evaluated two body styles of each 2016 model-year pickup — crew cab and extended cab. Crew cabs have four full doors and two full rows of seating. Extended cabs have two full front doors, two smaller rear doors and compact second-row seats. The test replicates what happens when a vehicle runs off the road and hits a tree or pole or clips another vehicle that has crossed the center line.

So, which pickup truck received the only good rating? The 2016 model F-150 SuperCab. The F-150 is the only large pickup in the latest test group to earn the Institute’s top rating in the crash tests and joins the F-150 SuperCrew in earning a 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK award when equipped with Ford’s optional basic-rated forward collision warning system.

IIHS observed differences in performance between the extended-cab and crew-cab versions of two other pickups. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab and the Toyota Tundra Double Cab both earn an acceptable rating for occupant protection in a small overlap crash. Survival space for the driver in both of these extended-cab pickups was maintained reasonably well overall, contributing to their acceptable ratings for structure.

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab, GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab, and Toyota Tundra Double Cab all received an acceptable overall rating, but all graded poor on foot and lower leg injury protection. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab, Toyota Tundra CrewMax, Ram 1500 Quad Cab, Ram 1500 Crew Cab Dodge Ram 1500 Quad CabFord F-150 SuperCab all only earned a marginal approval grade. To see the grading of the crash tests of each truck, click here.

The worst-performing pickups in the small overlap test are the Ram 1500 Crew Cab and the Ram 1500 Quad Cab. Both earn a marginal rating overall and a poor rating for structure. The force of the crash pushed the door-hinge pillar, instrument panel and steering column back toward the driver dummy. In the Ram Crew Cab test, the dummy’s head contacted the front airbag but rolled around the left side as the steering column moved to the right, allowing the head to approach the intruding windshield pillar.

According to the IIHS press release, all of the pickups except the F-150 had moderate to severe intrusion into the driver footwell area during the small overlap test. The footrest/left toepan, brake pedal, parking brake and/or lower dashboard were shoved against the dummy’s lower legs. In the worst cases (Ram Crew Cab and Ram Quad Cab), maximum intrusion reached 16-17 inches. Measures taken from the crash test dummy in all but the F-150 indicated a likelihood of serious lower leg, ankle and foot injuries in a car accident.

If you are driving one of these pickup trucks, check out your vehicle’s rating on the crash tests so you can be prepared in the event of a car accident.

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