Crash-Test Ratings: How Do Pickups Stack Up?

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Although not typically the top consideration when purchasing a new half-ton or mid-size pickup truck, crash-test ratings should be an important factor. While the federal government conducts crash-testing and issues ratings through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the insurance industry-sponsored Insurance Institute for Highway Safety seems to do the most thorough crash-testing.

In 2016, IIHS toughened its requirements for earning Top Safety Pick Plus, its top award, and started testing and rating headlight technology as well, encouraging automakers to up their illumination game in the name of nighttime driving safety.

IIHS crash-tests vehicles across five crashworthiness categories: front small overlap, front moderate overlap, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. Based on the results, cars receive one of four ratings: good, acceptable, marginal and poor. Headlights receive the same ratings, and IIHS also tests a car's available front crash prevention system, resulting in basic, advanced or superior ratings.

IIHS recognizes top-rated vehicles with Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus designations. To qualify as a Top Safety Pick, a car must earn a rating of good in all five crashworthiness tests and receive an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. To qualify as a Top Safety Pick Plus, a car must meet the Top Safety Pick requirements and get an acceptable or good headlight rating.

IIHS conducts testing all year long, but we thought it might be a good time to recap the results for the pickups it has tested so far.

 

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The only 2017 model mid-size pickup to be completely tested so far is the Honda Ridgeline, which IIHS classifies as a large pickup. Due to its available Honda Sensing technology and top ratings for crashworthiness and headlights, model-year 2017 Ridgelines received a Top Safety Pick Plus award. And while model-year 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrews received a Top Safety Pick award, 2017 models do not because of IIHS' tougher requirements. Both model years received the same ratings, which fall short of the new requirements for 2017.

We also should note that IIHS toughened testing for pickups in 2015 when it decided to test each truck in more than one cab configuration.

The IIHS video below explains the 2016 pickup truck crash-test ratings.

 

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Comments

Where is the data for the GM mid-size twins or the Tacoma? Nice to see the Ridgeline scored well, but I don't think it really belongs in this class with the half ton trucks.

moral of the story don't ram into things with a ram

moral of the story don't ram into things with a ram

The article clearly stated that the IIHS considered the Ridgeline a "Large pickup truck". It has nothing to do with its weight class. As for those others, it could just be possible that those mid-sized trucks may also get a "Large pickup truck" classification and simply haven't been fully tested yet.

Hmmm... IIHS is classing the mid-sized trucks as "small", which is a surprise to me considering the size of most of them. Testing is obviously incomplete but go here: http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/v/class-summary/small-pickups
to see what they have so far.

Road Whale--This may be my next truck. I would choose this over a Silverado because of the headlights. Safety first.

This truck gets my juices flowing. It'll be a great dump run truck.

The Ridgeline that is.

Ridgeline probably does not deserve to be in this class, but remember it can tow 5,000 lbs and carry 1,500 lbs in the bed. Even though it looks and rides like a car, it can handle a lot of work. North American Truck of the Year. The "Plus" rating is just another jewel in the crown.

I still think pushing for brighter headlights does more harm than good. I've never felt like I needed brighter headlights in any vehicle. However, people are constantly flashing their brights at me on the highway since I got my newest vehicle with some of the brighter recommended headlights. The more intense headlights being recommended are becoming hazardous to other drivers already.

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How does the Chevy get poor rating on the headlights while the GMC gets acceptable rating on the exact same part number???

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Is the Chevy bowtie too blinding to oncoming traffic?

LOVE
FORD!

Honda is not a truck, so stop reporting it as one!

I agree with oxi. The Ridgeline is a sport utility. Only geezers buy the Hondas after they hand down their geezer pickups.

You don't have to crash a Ford. They burn when not running left parked. Many deadly fires burning and killing people sleeping in their home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czyaZmYz9FQ

Escape the flames.

A man died when his car caught fire. It took a year and dozens more fires before Ford recalled the car,

http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-southafrica-ford-kuga-fires-recall-20170117-story.html

I have never and would never take into account the crash worthyness of a vehicle when I purchase a vehicle.

I've been driving trucks for over 40 years and 6 years ago I bought my first truck with an air bag, not that I wanted to, but cause the government made the manufactures put them in the vehicles.

I drove a tin can, 74 Datsun pickup, then a 78 Power Wagon with the "God Forbid" gas tank behind the sink, and on and on...bunch of nancies....

"The article clearly stated that the IIHS considered the Ridgeline a "Large pickup truck"

It is as wide as a full sized pickup.

Toycrusher - the bulb may be the same part but the light assembly that reflects and focus's that light is not!

Toycrusher, the headlights on the Silverado and Sierra are not only not the same part number, they aren't even interchangeable.

Dave - lucky you....... literally!

Considering that half ton rated trucks weigh thousands of pounds more than typical coupes and family cars today, the truck is already your safest choice. Ditto for the class of SUVs including Tahoe, Expedition, Grand Cherokee etc.

Good job Ford! I feel safe putting my family into my F-150.

Kudos to Honda and Ford for making trucks that will keep their owners safe in the event of an accident. I hope the others will follow suit and strengthen their pickup trucks.

"I still think pushing for brighter headlights does more harm than good. I've never felt like I needed brighter headlights in any vehicle. However, people are constantly flashing their brights at me on the highway since I got my newest vehicle with some of the brighter recommended headlights. The more intense headlights being recommended are becoming hazardous to other drivers already."
---- Posted by: Chillpill | Mar 29, 2017 8:39:58 AM

Not necessarily "brighter", chill, but rather, more effective. One of the tests they perform is the one for 'blinding oncoming traffic', which means brightness isn't the issue, headlamp placement and aim are.

"How does the Chevy get poor rating on the headlights while the GMC gets acceptable rating on the exact same part number???

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Is the Chevy bowtie too blinding to oncoming traffic?"
---- Posted by: Toycrusher | Mar 29, 2017 9:21:49 AM

Placement, TC. The Chevy's headlamps are right up at the top of the grill, just beneath the leading edge of the hood. The GMC's are placed a few inches lower, though still high enough to blind oncoming traffic even in low-beam mode with projector lamps under certain circumstances.

"Considering that half ton rated trucks weigh thousands of pounds more than typical coupes and family cars today, the truck is already your safest choice. Ditto for the class of SUVs including Tahoe, Expedition, Grand Cherokee etc."
---- Posted by: papajim | Mar 29, 2017 3:55:22 PM

More people die in single-vehicle pickup truck crashes than any other type of vehicle on a 'fatalities per thousand crashes' basis.

The Ram 1500 has BIGGER brake discs and calipers giving it a much SHORTER stopping distance so it's MORE likely to ADVOID a crash!
The Ram 1500 is going to stop sooner so there is no crash in the first place!

I get a laugh out of the Ridgeline in this group.

The Ridgeline is as much of a truck as the El Camino is.

They have their place just not in comparison to the rest. 4-wheels and a bed check. Must be a truck... NO.

The Ram 1500 has BIGGER brake discs and calipers giving it a much SHORTER stopping distance so it's MORE likely to ADVOID a crash!
The Ram 1500 is going to stop sooner so there is no crash in the first place!

Posted by: Tom #3 | Mar 30, 2017 1:13:03 AM


Hahahahaha that is sooooo funny. Ram brakes are junk. They always have the worst braking distances and even worse when loaded. Rams are fat cows that can't get out of their own way let alone stop fast enough to get out of other people's way. Hahahahahaha

The Ridgeline did ok in a single vehicle crash, but doubt it would fare as well in an overlap crash with a much heavier vehicle, such as a full size truck. Smart cars do well when crashed alone, they don't have the weight to collapse the car against itself.

There must be a lot of different test for the headlights. I have a 2016 Silverado with HID lights and they are by far the best headlights I've ever had for visibility, and it's not even close.

That guy in the video makes no mention of the basic laws of physics which mean that even that Ram will perform well in a collision with, say, a Civic. These videos used to mention that, but I guess that wasn't smug enough anymore.

Good job Ford! I feel safe putting my family into my F-150.

Posted by: Ernesto González | Mar 29, 2017 6:56:49 PM

I wouldn't .
Just a few examples.


Number Affected 280,946
Insufficient spring force to return the handle to the fully stowed position.

Consequence: In the event of a side impact crash, the door handle spring can fail causing the door latch to open.

Number Affected 153,581
The affected vehicles are equipped with an automatic transmission that may unexpectedly downshift to first gear, regardless of vehicle speed.

Consequence: An unexpected downshift into first gear can cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly without warning and the rear tires may slide or lock, increasing the risk of a crash.

Number Affected 225,012
The master cylinder rear cup seal may roll, resulting in brake fluid leakage from the primary reservoir into the brake booster.

Consequence: Loss of brake fluid from the primary reservoir results in a complete loss of front brake function, increasing the risk of a crash.

Number Affected 113,418
Consequence: Improper suppression of the passenger airbag increases the risk of an injury to the seat occupant in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front passenger airbag.

Number Affected 33,481
While using the Adaptive Cruise Control, the vehicle may falsely detect an obstacle in its path and may unexpectedly apply the brakes.

Consequence: A vehicle that unexpectedly brakes increases the risk of a crash.

Number Affected 8,963
The affected vehicles may have been built with a steering upper intermediate shaft that was improperly riveted.

Consequence: If the intermediate shaft was improperly riveted, it could separate from the intermediate shaft flex coupling, resulting in a loss of steering control and increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

http://www.fordproblems.com/recalls/F-150/

For the size and cost of these vehicles a score of less than G in the crash tests is completely unacceptable.



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