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 — good, acceptable, marginal and poor — 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 — 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

THE FORD RANGER IS GONNA BE GARBAGE JUST LIKE THE REST OF THE CRAP FORD MAKES, RE-CALLS HERE WE GO. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have trust and faith in Ford that the new Ranger will be the safest truck ever made.
I will be camping out the night before at the local Ford Dealer when the Ranger goes on sale and I will be the first one that buys one!

Yup, Ford will lead the way - ON THE RE-CALL LIST.

@Tom 3, thats right, when Ford comes out with new trucks, people line up....as we have witnessed with new GM's that come out, people dont buy them, low sales numbers, and confusion of the twin brands(as gms reported before why on why they have 2) Case in point, I remember how the "new chevy" a couple of years ago was a big deal on here, yet they still struggle to stay in the green month over month. proof once again, new and gm, 2 words that dont make sense. Ford however, will lead this market again.

@Nitro you should really stick to what you know.

Ford is a mess.

Currently, GM holds higher profit margins than Ford and has shown better Return On Equity.

As we have already seen, GM outperforms Ford in terms of stock price, the same holds true when looking at the past five years. GM's stock is up for the year. Ford? Sorry.

This is one of the best articles I have come across. Keep up the good work.

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@ Brick,

Can you just stop with the frame nonsense, how old are you?

I have driven Toyota trucks for over 25 years in a northern state and NEVER had a frame issue, NEVER!

So stop with the childish nonsense because you are jealous Toyota builds the safest truck in class!

.........Ford however, will lead this market again.


Posted by: Nitro | Sep 7, 2017 6:54:43 AM

At least you are recognizing that FORD is currently #2 behind GM for overall pick-up truck sales.

It seems if you want to purchase a mid size crewcab/doublecab you can go wrong with either GM twin or a Taco.

^^^This guy is so fixated on GM sales every-time we tell him no, he keeps crying. I think he's 12.

@papa, sorry you have to try to defend GM, now you try to bring up stock price to deflect the downward spiral of GM, just wait it will come. One positive for you GM guys, theres another "new" update to the current fleet coming, and as we have witnessed on this site, the changes are very little, so sales will continue to struggle, defend away.

@gms, Ford is number 1 in full size trucks. You dont count mid sizers, because Ford isnt in the mix. Once they are, then we will count them all and Ford will be number 1 in the small truck category as well. Go ahead defend away, cuz you will need too.


^^^This guy is so fixated on GM sales every-time we tell him no, he keeps crying. I think he's 12.

@ Frank

Yet that's all you ford guys talk about constantly is sales?? Go figure!! Must have forgot about that, your IQ is diminishing!! Better put your foot into your mouth...if you even remember where that is!!
Between and you Nitro IDK who is worse.

@tnt, aka johnny/gms/papa, hook line and sinker, sorry you have to keep defending yourselves by repeating what we say about you gm guys.

Nitro has a point, us Gm guys do repeat everything the Ford guys say. Maybe we should come up with our own things to say.

@ Nitro

are you a robot, because that is always your same comment "always have to defend the twins"

You come up with nothing new! I know its partly because you drive a ford, makes you loose what little brain cells you had in the first place! I pity you!!

@tnt,aka,gms/johnny/papa(all same person), again hook line and sinker! You have to mentioned Ford in every post, but then again being that your truck is not first, I guess its ok to go after the most sought after truck manufacturer in the world. If you aint first, you're last! Go ahead, defend away, I will keep making you guys(who use the same names) do that as long as you listen to me, which you are....So, please, I repeat, defend again.

@ Nitro

My truck is first in overall sales!!

GO CRY NOW!!

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

Making a truck safer buy adding a crash bar to absorb energy away from the occupants is cheating? It literally made the truck safer in the offset crash. Safer. Do you understand what that is? If GM went thru the expense of adding a roll cage to protect it's occupants, I wouldn't cry foul. My F-150 is the safest full size truck on the road in terms of crash test results and passenger safety in the event of a crash. Don't get mad about that. Look at the bright side if you're a GM guy, your bed won't puncture as easily from heavy sharp objects falling into it. Of course I "cheated" and added a $300 bed liner so mine won't puncture either.

Can you just stop with the frame nonsense, how old are you?

I have driven Toyota trucks for over 25 years in a northern state and NEVER had a frame issue, NEVER!

Posted by: oxi | Sep 7, 2017 9:15:08 AM

So Toyota bought back trucks, replaced some rotted frames, and lost a $3.4 billion dollar lawsuit over rust rotting Tacomas and Tundras, but rust rot isn't a real problem? Sounds like a $3.4 Billion Dollar Problem to me.

This must be a fake huh?
http://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/3805841211_017c65e5e4.jpg
http://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/rust-close-up-1-500.jpg
http://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/rust-close-up-2-500.jpg
http://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/rust-close-up-3-500.jpg

Toyota makes extended cab mid size trucks, GM makes extended cab mid size trucks. You're more likely to have lower leg and foot injuries in the "poor" rated GM trucks. Any questions?

You're more likely to have lower leg and foot injuries in the "poor" rated GM trucks.

@2.7ecoboost

Actually, you will not have injuries of that sort in any truck unless you have a collision.

next question please.

@papajim,
Okay, I'll make it easy since I know you're not very smart. Here's the next question:
Choose the best answer or answers from below. What brand makes the safest crash test rated, best selling full size truck?
A.) Ford
B.) Ram
C.) Nissan
D.) Hyundai
E.) Not any GM brand

I'm Gonna go with D and E ? I know E is correct, but I guessed on the other one.

@2.7ecoboostrooster

Question:

When did you stop looking for gay men at Interstate rest areas?

Answer A: I did not stop
Answer B: I did stop

Please share your answer with the rest of the commenters here at PUTC

Papa Jim = jackass that's off his medication.

Take your medication.

@ Brick,

Have you owned a Toyota truck?

If not, shut up!

I have for over 25 years and NO frame issue! You should listen to actual owners rather than liberal media that twists things out of proportions!

Toyota is number 1 in sales meaning more folks trust Toyota trucks than the rest in the mid-size category and children like yourself are jealous!

Grow up!

@ oxi I wouldn't touch a Tacoma not the type of vehicle I want.
It's target market is younger early 30s or younger. What makes it good selling is it's cheap, has multiple configuration to suit the masses. The aftermarket and OEM accessories are abundant so you can fix them anyway you want. This includes ladder racks suspension lift kits ect. The worker can use so it has broad appeal to the mass crowd I would not say trust worthy is the main reason.

Nothing here to dethrone the Ridgeline from it's top safety crash-test perch. Reality check for those who criticize it for being a girly truck. Also for the other haters saying it not being a real truck.

@ Brick,

Have you owned a Toyota truck?

If not, shut up!

I have for over 25 years and NO frame issue! You should listen to actual owners rather than liberal media that twists things out of proportions!

Toyota is number 1 in sales meaning more folks trust Toyota trucks than the rest in the mid-size category and children like yourself are jealous!

Grow up!
Posted by: oxi | Sep 11, 2017 2:44:22 AM

Between my brother and I, we have owned Toyota, Nissan, Ford, GM, and Dodge trucks. My brother bought a brand new 96 Tacoma. Not only did the bed start rusting around every bolt, the tailgate started rusting, the rear shock mounts rotted off, the front leaf spring mounts rotted off, and the leaf springs broke twice despite never being overloaded. By the time it was four years old, you could take a finishing hammer and punch holes in the frame. My 91 Nissan Hardbody pickup rusted too, but nothing like the Toyota did. The Nissan, as far as pickups, was lightyears better in every way IMO. It took the Nissan 10 years to develop the kind of rust that the Tacoma had in 3 years.

This is what my brother's old Tacoma looked like after a few winters, despite being taken to the car wash every week to wash the salt off:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0fIkpV7Zg0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBxn5EERdwg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vIfiwZJ-Gg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCXSo1BtYMQ

@ Brick,

You have little credibility because you sound like a typical Toyota hater!

You offer no proof you ever owned a Toyota yourself and drove it for many years to even qualify to make comments about Toyota trucks!

You are a blind Toyota hater, nobody can trust your lies and fabrications much like Hillary's...

Poor papajim. It all makes sense now. You were left at an interstate rest area with needs unfulfilled.

@ papajim:

"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."

If sheer by-the-numbers comparison is what you're going by and not any qualitative points, then yes, I guess the Nissan is "competitive". But of course their truck is going to seem tempting when it's $10k less than the competition. It's a literal time machine of a vehicle, though, and while it can do most of the same things as the other two reliably, it obviously not the safest choice nor the best on depreciation, which GM and Toyota do have.

it can do most of the same things as the other two reliably, it obviously not the safest choice nor the best on depreciation, which GM and Toyota do have. Posted by: SurelyYewJest | Sep 13, 2017

@surelyyewjest

The current generation Frontier crew cab was at the top of the mid size heap for at least five years after its introduction. Today the others have either stayed out of the market (RAM, Ford) or they've upgraded their own lines to equal or exceed the Frontier.

I'm not much into midsizers, but here are some features I see in the Frontier that I like a lot.

1. drivetrain options include a five sp and a six sp manual trans.
2. Nissan's engines equal or exceed the others in the midsize space.
3. Nissan build quality is good enough to be competitive with GM, Toyota and Honda
4. Most folks give Nissan an equal or better score compared to GM and Toyota for comfort/ride
5. As discussed above, their pricing leads the market for value/cost.

A formula that offsets the age of its platform in the minds of many truck buyers.



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