Four Mid-Size Pickups Earn Good Safety Ratings From IIHS

IIHS Toyota Tacoma Crash Lead II

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has completed testing of model-year 2017 mid-size pickup trucks, designated "small" pickups by the IIHS. IIHS tested crew- and extended-cab versions of the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. Of those eight pickups, four earned good ratings in all five of the institute's five crashworthiness tests: the Colorado crew cab, the Canyon crew cab, and the Tacoma crew and extended cabs.

IIHS assesses each vehicle on a four-level rating system โ€” good, acceptable, marginal and poor โ€” in five different crash tests: moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, with overarching categories of overall and structure. None of the pickups earned Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus designations โ€” the institute's highest ratings. To qualify as a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must receive a rating of good in all five crashworthiness tests and offer automatic emergency braking that gets an advanced or superior rating. To achieve Top Safety Pick Plus status, a vehicle must also get an average or good rating for its headlights.

The Colorado crew cab, the Canyon crew cab and the Tacoma crew (called Double Cab) and extended cabs (called Access Cab) all received an overall rating of good and good or acceptable for structure. The extended-cab versions of the Colorado and Canyon received only an acceptable rating in the overall and structure categories and poor ratings for lower leg and foot protection.

IIHS Midsize Chart 1 II

Not surprisingly, the aging Nissan Frontier, last upgraded in 2005, fared the worst. Both the crew-cab and extended-cab (called King Cab) versions got marginal overall ratings, with the crew cab receiving a poor score for structure.

Some may recall that earlier this year IIHS did a full review of half-ton pickup trucks (both crew- and extended-cab models), including the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline among the test vehicles. At the time, the Ridgeline was the only vehicle in the pickup truck class to receive the Top Safety Pick Plus designation. When comparing those scores with this current crop of mid-size pickups, there's nothing here to dethrone the Ridgeline from its top crash-test perch.

IIHS started testing headlight performance testing in 2016 to encourage manufacturers to provide better quality lighting options for all vehicles. So far for pickups, only a few top trim levels have headlight technology proficient enough to receive the IIHS good rating. The Ridgeline does offer top-level headlights on certain trim levels. None of the other tested mid-size pickups are offered with headlight options capable of receiving a similarly high rating.

Additionally, the automatic emergency braking system offered on top-level Colorados and Canyons received only a basic rating, keeping the pickups from earning a higher rating. Toyota has told IIHS the 2018 Tacoma will offer standard automatic emergency braking and upgraded headlights with high-beam assist, which dims high beams when the pickup is approaching other vehicles.

IIHS images

 

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

IIHS Chevy Colorado 1 IIIIHS Chevy Colorado Crash 1 II

 

2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

IIHS Nissan Frontier 1 IIIIHS Nissan Frontier Crash 1 II

 

2017 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

IIHS Toyota Tacoma 1 IIIIHS Toyota Tacoma Crash 1 II

 

 

Comments

Amazing how the 2005 frontier and the 2018 GM twins injure your leg and foot equally. Sad.

Amazing how the 2005 frontier and the 2018 GM twins injure your leg and foot equally. Sad. Posted by: Michael | Sep 5, 2017

@Michael

Being in a wreck injures the occupant/driver. Not the truck.

If I was buying a new truck today, I would not feel safe in the Chevy Colorado extended cab. Perhaps the new Ford Ranger will be safer. We'll see.

@Jeff, yes the Ford will be the way to go, and lead the charge like they always do

Yikes! The GM twins both score Poor with their new design. I hope those come with a free wheel chair when you buy them. Are these tests getting more difficult, or are Toyota engineers just that much better than GM's?

Well everyone has certainly come a long way. Shame on anyone who doesn't average out with (in this case) a "good" rating. As expensive as these little pretend trucks are they should provide the crash results.

Ford will lead this one as they always do, safest vehicles around...

Tacoma has had the same cab since 2005 right? The mid-size segment is a no brainer, you buy the Tacoma unless you can't afford the Tacoma. Then you go Nissan or Chevy.

@Tyler- the Tacoma has a cab closely derived from the 2nd gen, but it did get some important upgrades in structural parts (more HS steel) and the way the doors fit. The new trucks are quieter and safer.

@ Nitro

Way to comment when your brand doesn't have a mid size truck out yet. IMBECILE!!

Ford will lead this one as they always do, safest vehicles around...


Posted by: Nitro | Sep 6, 2017 7:47:08 AM

Way to keep the faith. Someday.

@gms, I mean TNT....Ford old Ranger does better on safety, when they enter, you guys will cry foul, even though, you will be lagging behind them, if you want proof, look at today, GM always lags behind Ford, and will continue to do so.

@ Nitro

WHEN, WHEN, WHEN...the time is now

ALL TALK!

Lags?? Who doesn't have a mid size truck out?

You are clueless!!

All these trucks are good, some better than others when it comes to safety. I would have no problem owning any of them. Frontier is the better buy and is a good solid truck but if I were buying I would lean more toward the Colorado or Canyon which are the most up to date trucks. I have seen a number of new Colorados on the road especially crew cabs.

@Jeff S

Totally agree about the little Nissan!

The Frontier has been one of my favorites for a while because it offers so much value.

The photo above of the Frontier deserves a closer look. It appears that the drivers seat moved forward in the crash. Apart from that the truck's cabin looks nice and square. The photo makes the drivers leg look crunched but I think its the seat that moved, not the cabin that collapsed.

@papajim--There you go again. The ramblings of an old man.

Maybe the GM twins didn't add a cheater bar like the F150... lol

@Jeff not Jeff S

looks like you're up late tonight.
What is it, about midnight in Oz?

Get your eyes checked Jim and read the ratings. Frontier cab was seriously compromised.

Frontier
Structure
The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure.

Tacoma
Structure
The driver space was maintained well

My Colorado Crew Cab ZR2 will be delivered tomorrow, in Deep Wood Green

My Colorado Crew Cab ZR2 will be delivered tomorrow, in Deep Wood Green

Maybe the GM twins didn't add a cheater bar like the F150... lol


Posted by: uh huh | Sep 6, 2017 10:53:03 AM

Cheater Bar?

Did you mean, a properly structured built truck that scores best.

The Toyota Tacoma is the safest truck in this category!

Colorado structure is weak, just like the truck!

I own a 2016 Tacoma access-cab, and no brainer as to why the Tacoma is a better buy and better in safety than a similar Colorado!

@ Nitro - "GM always lags behind Ford, and will continue to do so..."

I'm not a big fan of GM or Ford, but you got to love boneheads like saying that GM lags behind Ford....lol...Ford doesn't even have a mid-sized truck for sale in North America! On what planet is GM lagging behind Ford with regards to mid-sized trucks....lol

http://www.autonews.com/article/20170831/RETAIL05/170839943/ford-recalls-143000-vehicles-in-north-america

The planet where the 5 star high-strength military grade aluminum F-150 and Super Duty that won't rust are killing GM and where the Ranger comes in and aces testing like it hasn't missed a beat. GM had over 5 years to fix their ratings and let everybody down. A complete waste of time. It will be up to Ford once again to lead the way and show you how it's really done.

Oh I see that's the planet you are from!

http://newsblaze.com/business/legal/a-serious-ford-defect-results-in-117000-recalled-vehicles_84249/

I'll also say GM still hasn't fixed the Sily IIHS small front overlap ratings either. Good ole GM still being cheap.

*Silvy

@really, aka, johnny gms, recalls mean nothing and are a good thing, the problem only GM fans have issues with is, they are always year over year behind Ford. Ford comes out with something, then GM follows YEARS later, GM also follows in sales. I agree no Ranger yet, but when they do come out, GM will once again find themselves on the back burner...

I agree no Ranger yet, but when they do come out, GM will once again find themselves on the back burner...


Posted by: Nitro | Sep 6, 2017 12:45:52 PM

Ahhhh. Such blind fanboyism. GOOD FOR YOOUUU!

Thanks GMS, and all your other user names you use. Us Ford folks are proud of our vehicles, unlike you Gm types, who have to defend your trucks all the time. Ours are tried and true, military grade, best tech, number 1 full size trucks on the road.

Cheater Bar?

Did you mean, a properly structured built truck that scores best.
Posted by: Frank | Sep 6, 2017 11:16:47 AM

Wrong again, you mean a properly placed cheater bar to score well in crash test. Spin it how ever you want... it's still a cheater bar.

If it was that easy why didn't the cheater bar work for RAM? Educate yourself.

And why hasn't GM done one? GM knew about this test for years and GM fanbois are ridiculous.

@papa jim--Frontier is a good value. I don't understand why they aren't more popular. Nissan has always made a competitive small truck. I lean more toward the Colorado but that is just my preference.

If it was that easy why didn't the cheater bar work for RAM? Educate yourself.
Posted by: Dave B. | Sep 6, 2017 3:09:53 PM

Ram didn't invent the cheater bar, Ford did... lol


And why hasn't GM done one? GM knew about this test for years and GM fanbois are ridiculous.
Posted by: Frank | Sep 6, 2017 3:12:00 PM

GM didn't go "military grade" aluminum either, it's been 3yrs... lol

This small overlap crash test is easy to pass. Just design the vehicle to deflect off before it reached the A pillar and you have minimal intrusion. That's how the F15o did it. Place a cheater bar to increase the deflection before it reaches the A pillar. Big koodo's to Ford for figuring this out... even though it does nothing to improve other angles of impact.

Yikes! The GM twins both score Poor with their new design. I hope those come with a free wheel chair when you buy them. Are these tests getting more difficult, or are Toyota engineers just that much better than GM's?
Posted by: Shocked | Sep 6, 2017 6:47:35 AM

The Tacoma's results are very misleading. Why you might ask? Because the Tacoma's frame is still in a like-new state. Within a year, as Toyota Rot begins to set in, the frame will be significantly weaker. It would likely score a marginal in every category a year from now, and a poor every year after that.

Toyota only cares about getting a good score using a brand new rot-free truck, they won't acknowledge that their rotting frames are a safety issue within a couple years.

Thanks GMS, and all your other user names you use. Us Ford folks are proud of our vehicles, ......

Posted by: Nitro | Sep 6, 2017 1:18:16 PM

Ahhh! The designers of the Titanic were proud of their ship too.

GOOD FOR YOOUUUU!

And why hasn't GM done one? GM knew about this test for years and GM fanbois are ridiculous.

Posted by: Frank | Sep 6, 2017 3:12:00 PM

Please provide the evidence that GM knew about this test before designing the current generation of truck.

Aren't some of you jumping the gun when it comes to comparing the Ranger to these trucks in this test since the Ranger is not out. Also to compare an F-150 tests to midsize trucks is not the same.

Mike Levine @mrlevine
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Aug 3, 2015
Replying to @nickbunkley
@nickbunkley Ram (and GM) heard final test specs at the same time as Ford in Feb. 2012. Ford moved first

I lean more toward the Colorado but that is just my preference.
Posted by: Jeff S | Sep 6, 2017

@Jeff S

I agree. However, where I live you can't find a deal under 30k for a Colorado crew with a V6.

You can find Frontiers all day long for 26k with the awesome 4.0 Nissan engine. Granted, the Nissan only has a five speed auto but the price difference is hard to overcome.

HAHAHAHA! bunch Ford girls talking smack when they got no leg in the fight! You know the Ford tards are jealous because their junk will come in last place like the 2015 f150 beer can!

Ford will lead this one as they always do, safest vehicles around...

Posted by: Nitro | Sep 6, 2017 7:47:08 AM

Yeah off the road 90% of their life cycle for repairs and oh that right, Ford left this market, tail between its vag lips HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And why hasn't GM done one? GM knew about this test for years and GM fanbois are ridiculous.
Posted by: Frank | Sep 6, 2017 3:12:00 PM'

GM doesn't have weak beer can bodies like Ford dumb F!!!!!!!!


Good ole GM still being cheap.
Posted by: Dave B. | Sep 6, 2017 12:08:04 PM

That's Ford with their bubble gum glue and rivets. Fords so cheap they haven't printed numbers on their gauges in like over 40 years just H and C. Talk bout cheap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ford fanboys keep bringing up the Ranger (aka Mazda )
Is a re-badge a way to lead, I don't think so
Let's wait till we see the new Ford made Ranger before you start bragging about it.

THE FORD RANGER IT IS GONNA OUTPERFORM THE TWO LITTLE TWIN SISTERS GARBAGE AND SHAKY. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA



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