IIHS Testing Has Truckmakers Scrambling to Respond

F-150 SuperCrew 2015 crash side 1 II

The challenging small-overlap front crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (a third-party testing agency sponsored by the insurance industry) is shaking things up in the half-ton pickup truck world.

First announced to be a part of IIHS' new pickup testing regimen almost three years ago, the test replicates what happens when a vehicle's front corner clips a tree, pole or other vehicle at 40 mph. It has truckmakers scrambling to improve front-end and cab structural safety. The test — and truckmakers' response — is a big win for consumers because automakers don't redesign the structure of pickup trucks very often.

IIHS tests are important because the institute tests each vehicle configuration and measures side, roof crush and small overlap results. By contrast, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's safety tests are less comprehensive, with the rollover scoring done with a mathematical calculation.

IIHS' most recent safety tests yielded just one half-ton pickup — the 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCab and SuperCrew models — with a clean sweep of "Good" scores in all seven test categories, garnering it the Top Safety Pick for the segment when equipped with Ford's optional basic-rated forward collision warning system. IIHS tested two-wheel-drive models from Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Ram and Toyota. The institute selects 4x2 models for testing because they are the most-purchased variant nationwide. It tested extended- and crew-cab models from those manufacturers with the exception of Ford; the Top Safety Pick rating for the 2015 SuperCrew model carries over to the 2016. For 2016, IIHS tested Ford's SuperCab version.

For the other brands the crew-cab models, with the larger roof and more glass, received worse overall ratings than their extended-cab counterparts. Three of the extended-cab models tested received acceptable overall ratings — Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and Toyota Tundra — while the crew-cab models got a marginal rating. The Ram 1500 was the only pickup tested to receive a marginal rating overall as well as a poor rating in the structural category.

IIHS plans to test the 2017 Nissan Titan half-ton and the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline later this year, but does not have any other midsize pickups scheduled for testing at this time.

Here is the design status of each half-ton pickup and the truckmakers' official reactions to the IIHS report. Below, we've provided images of the actual crew cab test vehicles the IIHS crashed, both pre and post crash.

 

Chevrolet

The Silverado 1500 was redesigned for the 2016 model year, which included structural front-end underbody changes, new headlight designs, grilles and hood shapes. GM is not commenting on the IIHS safety ratings.

Ford

You have to give credit to Ford for so quickly modifying its 2015 design. When it was discovered that the 2015 SuperCab models without the wheel-well support bars did not survive the small-overlap front crash test as well as the SuperCrew model (which had the wheel-well bars), Ford instantly made them standard on all regular-cab and SuperCab F-150s.

GMC

The Sierra 1500 also was redesigned for the 2016 model year, which included structural front-end underbody changes (identical to the Silverado 1500), new headlight designs, grilles, extra optional features and a new hood. GM is not commenting on the IIHS safety ratings.

Nissan

The 2017 Titan half-ton is not due to go on sale until later this year and likely won't be tested by IIHS until late in 2017. We would expect the new Nissan to do well since Nissan has had the most time to create a new pickup design. A spokesman for Nissan sent us this: "Nissan does not release proprietary vehicle information that pertains to crash performance. The company designs and engineers all of its vehicles to perform well in a variety of third-party crash test studies in addition to meeting or exceeding our own strict, internal crash test standards.  We look forward to seeing the results of IIHS testing on TITAN and TITAN XD." 

Ram

Redesigned in 2013, just after IIHS came out with its new pickup truck testing guidelines that included the small-overlap front crash testing starting in the 2015 model year. A spokesman for Ram told PickupTrucks.com: "Our vehicles are designed for real-world performance and no single test determines overall, real-world vehicle safety. Every FCA [Fiat Chrysler Automobiles] U.S. vehicle meets or exceeds all applicable motor-vehicle safety standards."

Toyota

The Tundra also was last refreshed in 2014 (like the Silverado and Sierra 1500s, but both of those models already have been updated) but nothing has been structurally changed since that time to better accommodate the IIHS small-overlap test. Toyota told us: "We are evaluating the test results with the goal of finding new ways to continuously improve the performance of the Toyota trucks and to further enhance the safety of our vehicles. Importantly, the Toyota trucks tested continue to meet or exceed all federally required motor vehicle safety standards."

IIHS images

 

 

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Silverado crew crash 1 II

Silverado crew crash side II

 

Ford F-150 SuperCrew (2015)

F-150 2015 SuperCrew II

F-150 2015 SuperCrew side II

 

 

Ram 1500 Crew Cab

Ram Crew crash 1 II

Ram Crew crash 3 II

 

Toyota Tundra CrewMax

Tundra CrewMax crash 1 II

Tundra CrewMax side II

IIHS Half-Ton Crash Test Results




Comments

Ford Ranger got a 5 out of 5 rating in European frontal and side tests
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wOlf1z7HkEU

@LOUBC
No worries, I know that. It will be fine. I will just move cramping zone from cabin to the bumper and front cramping part of the main frame, which wasn't doing anything in this test in the RAM case. Exactly what ford achieved with blockers.

@Frank never said it was the same, said basically the same design. Get the big oval out of your butt.

I want to see the super duty do this test, with the flexy c channel frame the super dutys bed will probably leave a good sized dent in the rear of the cab.

I want to see the comparison of the straight axle vs GM IFS in a small offset crash. The Drivers side hub may end up in the Ram HD's drivers seat, if the half ton is any indication of how the HD will perform.

this is just ONE test!
I like to see the roll over test , side and rear impact tests and the 5 mph front bumper tests.
and,,,,, what about the fire tests? what truck catches on fire when it crashes?
what about the gas tank location on the truck? Is it safe from not catching on fire with a certain impact?

ONE TEST IS NOT FAIR !

Congratulations Ford, you have come along way and deserved the attention you are getting.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_i5EmJBaGeQ

I want to see some Heavy duty bloated whale trucks do the small overlap test, those heavy trucks should make for great video.

I'd bet the Super Duty wouldn't fare too well since it is the oldest basic structure, basically dating back to the early 2000's.


Posted by: john | Apr 13, 2016 2:08:14 PM


Read your own post. Oh wait, you're too busy hugging GM's nuts.

I know it must be hard for the GM girls to see the F150 as the safest truck in America. It's all over the news, so they come to PUTC to express their frustration.

@RAM - We appreciate your efforts at garnering a Darwin Award.

I see gmsnotsogreat talking to himself now. Hemiv8 does that sometimes too. The trailer park guy only talks back to gmsnot sogreat so like LMAO used to call him some kind of trailerpark guy, that alone gives it away. Stop talking to yourself. Johnny doe boy does it to. Makes you wonder!!!

Unless GM got there steel from Subway. LOL

Posted by: blueman | Apr 13, 2016 2:52:53 PM

Typical ford fangirl inaccuracies. The ad is about gm using cold rolled steel used in forming the truck bed floor. This is an actual process that is used in forming the hull of submarines. The military do not have a process for making military grade aluminum , only ford claims that.

Typical ford fangirl inaccuracies. The ad is about gm using cold rolled steel used in forming the truck bed floor. This is an actual process that is used in forming the hull of submarines. The military do not have a process for making military grade aluminum , only ford claims that.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Apr 13, 2016 5:25:19 PM

Yea those Ford girls don't know what they are saying. I mean who would ever use aluminum for anything automotive. Especially trucks. I am proud that only GM uses military grade rolled steel from submarines and battle ships, on everything! That's why you can drive through a lake with your manly GM truck and be bullet proof. That is is professional grade and military grade. Go safest trucks in the world, GM.an trucks.

Yo Trailer Park, you forgot to mention what most all airplanes are made of and far more lives depend on, Aluminum!!! Many cars in the '50 & 60's have had aluminum. Move on. Maybe because sheets of steel are square is why GM trucks have square fender opening panels. They haven't figured out yet how to made same shape as a tire. ??? The right material for right application if engineered correctly is all.

1. Yea those Ford girls don't know what they are saying.

2. I am proud that only GM uses military grade rolled steel from submarines and battle ships.

Posted by: Trailer Park Liven Like A King | Apr 13, 2016 5:32:47 PM

1. I agree with you on that.

2. I have never heard GM make any military grade assimilation with their trucks. I thought you might be smarter then just looking at pictures to communicate . I guess one should never assume anything about the trailer park king who is now living in his 3rd custom designed trailer.

"Our vehicles are designed for real-world performance and no single test determines overall, real-world vehicle safety. Every FCA [Fiat Chrysler Automobiles] U.S. vehicle meets or exceeds all applicable motor-vehicle safety standards."

Biggest fine in auto history of $105 million, A 1.4 Billion Buy Back of vehicles... now clear prove the structure is sub par and this FIAT idiot has the nerve to look the other way.

FIAT and it's junk needs to be boycotted. Take the customers money and run is their motto.

2. I have never heard GM make any military grade assimilation with their trucks. I thought you might be smarter then just looking at pictures to communicate . I guess one should never assume anything about the trailer park king who is now living in his 3rd custom designed trailer.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Apr 13, 2016 5:55:29 PM

That's because GM don't need to brag about their steel from submarines and battle ships. As you drive down the road everyone looks at you and knows you are driving real military grade. GM.

I wish I was in my 3rd trailer. That would be sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. Still rocking out the one I grew up in. High rolling fo show.

RAM ANNOUNCEMENT...REDESIGN UNDERWAY ACCORDING TO FIAT.

New Ram trucks will have a center mounted steering wheel and seat with a seat directly behind the driver for one lone occupant therefore providing safety when the structure of their ram collapses in minor collisions.

Two seats in a crewcab...fitting as it goes well with their 800lb payload capacity!

GMSRGREAT
I am proud that only GM uses military grade rolled steel from submarines.
But how come, they still failed IIHS safety crash test.
GM must get there submarines steel from Subway. LOL

@Loubc
Did you buy new F150 supercab with blockers , or you still drive that anemic old F150 5.4 triton with worse safety than RAM ? Eh ?

I would like to see the same test using each manufactures 2500 HD trucks!

@Jack..you may be on to something.. Ive seen 2 new fords in parking lot fender benders and both the wheels were gone...not sure that's "military grade" more so safe design...

"I know it must be hard for the GM girls to see the F150 as the safest truck in America. It's all over the news, so they come to PUTC to express their frustration."
Posted by: Frank | Apr 13, 2016 4:58:42 PM

So true Frank...

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ford-recall-idUSKCN0WX1VL

So true....

http://www.carscoops.com/2016/04/ford-recalls-nearly-50000-vehicles-in.html

Pass the Kool-Aid! lol

Useless test kidos
,everyone knows that CHEVYs have superior Anti Lock brakes so hitting a tree or anything happens only to lame,,Incompetent drivers..
Learn to drive and wont have to worry..
Anyhow
Frod wants to impress me take a clue from old Henry and use hemp plastic

https://youtu.be/srgE6Tzi3Lg

Come on "Chevrolet builds a better way to see the USA" Frank thinks you're frustrated because of this....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt3ac_H8wL0

or this....

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

or this....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf5HXsfoBsI

Good Job, GM Smoked Ford in the ext crash test as you have 0% of injury vs 1% in the Ford, on IIHS website own data. Beef up the crew cab some and watch Ford fall more and more behind!

@ Robert Ryan ,

European tests are not the same as American...

This is why a lot of European vehicles cannot be sold in America, due to stricter standards..

European Ranger was denied a few times already because it FAILED American Tests !

@montards

You are wrong. The previous generation ford did better than the previous generation ram or chevy. Click on the links and then click on "other model years". Ford has received only good ratings in all categories since 2009. Ram has had multiple marginal ratings and chevy has had multiple acceptible and marginal ratings in that same period of time. The fact is Ford has consistently been testing better than chevy or ram for safety for at least the last 7 years.

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/chevrolet/silverado-1500-crew-cab-pickup

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/ford/f-150-crew-cab-pickup/2016

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/dodge/ram-1500-crew-cab-pickup

Ford had the strongest roof with their previous generation truck and then with the aluminum truck they made it significantly stronger.
http://www.tfltruck.com/2016/02/which-truck-has-the-strongest-roof-is-it-aluminum-or-steel-safety/

The pictures don't lie, the ford cab is obviously way stronger then gm and especially the ram. The cab pillar is broke on the gm and the roof is buckled. And the ram is really sad. Way to go ford! The cab on the ford can easily be repaired. Ford built the first truck and everybody else has been copying ever since. Military grade! Military grade! Military grade! Military grade! Military grade! Suck on it ram and gm!

@ Beebe

Good links. 16 Chevy doesn't even equal the old steel F150 roof strength. Gotta hand to Fords superior engineering.

I see gmsnotsogreat talking to himself now.

Posted by: Fed up. | Apr 13, 2016 5:19:38 PM

I'm glad a nobody is listening.

Although those pictures will persuade some. I won't buy a Ford till they put a big v8 and the 10 speed. They can barrel roll it and back flip it for all I care. Until they build this new truck with a 6 plus liter v8 I don't care about it. This is coming from a person who owned a eco. There are Ford trucks I love. They have leaf spring front suspension and v10 gas guzzlers. The little v6 isn't a replacement for a large v8. It makes the truck obsolete. I'll go buy any big v8 with more than 6 gears over any turbo v6. The new titan v8 gas will be a snotty truck. Way better than a v6. The capability and driveability are just better. The 2016 f150 5.0 my buddy just picked up. Fly or lariat it's loaded for a super cab. 3.73 gears runs great. Back to back with an 8 speed v8 pickup i still pick the 8 speed. I just like the low gearing. The f150 with 5.0 3.73 gears is the best f150 I've driven To date. Its a good truck. Way better than the turbo versions. If they put 450hp v8 in with a better transmission I'll consider it. Bit I'm curious if the big v8 would hinder crash tests? I wouldnt think so myself.

I called Blaze Alexander about this crash test and sent him the link.
He told me he doesn't believe these tests cause the crash test conditions are never done the same. He said if the center of the truck was just 1/4" off you would have different results.
Blaze is the #1 expert on pickup trucks!

did the seat brackets break on every truck but the ford. cause its the only seat not pulled all the way up. If you watch all the crashes notice that the dummy in the ford seam to be seated farther back and its arm at not as much as a angle. pause the ford and Silverado moderate overlap video's at about the .05 sec. you will see what I mean.

Funny how most posters on here are the same person with several different names, soon to be joining Big Al

Who cares how many names someone uses, its all out of fun. People have been arguing whose better for years. Its a pointless argument that no one can win, but we can have fun doing it.

A interesting note was that when you look at the 2016 RAM CrewCab,and QuadCab tire blocker,you see that it does not appear to be long enough,in that it looks like the wheel assembly bent it back towards the frame,and the wheel assembly continue's in toward the cab.Fords wheel blocker design looks as through it continues over to the structural cage and is attached there.In the video showing the 2016 Ford F-150 you see the wheel assembly after hitting the offset barrier,the wheel assembly goes sideways not aft,like the wheel assembly for the 2016 RAM 1500 does.

Those who say aluminium has nothing to do with it are dead wrong and don't understand all that is involved in the tests. They crash multiple trucks in multiple different ways and do probably hundreds of measurements and specific checks. The trucks are rated in 25 different categories and the crewcab f150 has received all good ratings in every one of those categories since 2009 except for two acceptable ratings in leg and foot protection with the previous generation. the supercab and regular didnt have wheel blockers because ford didnt think they were necessary. They underestimated the test in that one aspect just like chevy and ram did in the same aspect and multiple others. So ford fixed the issue in less than a year. The frame is a major factor in some aspects but these tests are very comprehensive. There is no steel in the structure of the roof on the f150 yet it can take a peak roof force of 27,215 pounds. The aluminium structure plays an important role in absorbing impact in probably every single test. 2011 f150 was 25,234. 2016 Chevy is 21,184 with one marginal one poor and one acceptable rating in different test parameters. The current ram held only 15,412 pounds with its steel roof and received 3 acceptable 2 poor and 1 marginal rating.

@gmsnotsogreat, at least it's a nobody talking to himself. How dumb and childish is that.

Posted by: Fed up | Apr 14, 2016 4:40:54 AM

I'm not sure exactly what you mean but you appear to be a very sensitive Ford fangirl. So, just remove the "a" from my posting about 10 up.

You know, you guys have finally done it. Pickuptrucksdotcom is no longer worth reading. The commentary has simply become too asinine.

Road Whale - agreed. Welcome to pickup tr^lls dot com

@ Frankiepie

Basically:
used to indicate that a statement summarizes the most important aspects, or gives a roughly accurate account, of a more complex situation.

The big picture of the super duty's overall structure is the basic same principle as those of the early 2000s. There may be some extra bracing, but it is the same basic platform.

I guess Ford guys don't understand the English language. Probably because Ford has invested so much money in to plant in Mexico.

@John, Gm has its halfton frame plant right next to Fords in monterray mexico, so what is yer point?

This site should be called militarygrade.com since all the talk is about #1 F series and military grade aluminum.

@Darwin aka Ram - too funny. Beebe posted links pointing out that the F150 has been much safer than the Ram for quite some time now.

Maybe some day you will grow up and put that alleged engineering education to work.

This site should be called militarygrade.com since all the talk is about #1 F series and military grade aluminum.

Posted by: Nitro | Apr 14, 2016 11:29:17 AM

Yes I agree, it is becoming a bit of a farce like Ford.

Yes I agree, it is becoming a bit of a farce like Ford.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Apr 14, 2016 11:36:32 AM

Yea I know BFF. This place is becoming loserville with all this Ford talk and so biased govt reports on crash testing. We know GM is king of trucks. They know GM is the king of trucks and the safest in the world. IN THE WORLD! When are they going to post anything about the best trucks in the world with the bestest engine on the planet!ON THE PLANET! the GM 6.2L AND 5.3L powerhouse. That is just puuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure muscle I tell you. You rock GM. YOU ROCK! GO SAFEST TRUCK ON THE PLANET, GM

Can I get a whooooooooooooooot whooooooooooooooooooot for GM. We beat Ford in the safest truck on the planet. Killed Ram to. Those horns on the hood must be made of Legos because they didn't do jack squat to help that crash test dummy not find an early home in a coffin..
Whooooooooooooooot whooooooooooooooot GM. Safest and bestest trucks in the world. IN THE WORLD.

#Ram
#Guts
#intestines
#Dead

@Darwin aka Ram - too funny. Beebe posted links pointing out that the F150 has been much safer than the Ram for quite some time now.

Maybe some day you will grow up and put that alleged engineering education to work.


Posted by: Lou_BC | Apr 14, 2016 11:33:20 AM

Really ?
Your f150 wasn't even tested !
Your head restraints and seats got 'M"

You are funny with your old truck playing macho. When you read about new f150 safety, don't forget what you are still driving. I bet you don't have even side curtain air bags.
Did Alzheimer kick in already ?

Gotta hand it to Ford. They have managed to make a truck that looks better after a front end collision then it did before the collision!!

@Darwin - feeble attempt at deflecting attention away from Ram.
My Ford was rated safer than Ram in 2010 and rated much more durable.
Yes it does have side curtain airbags.

It must be hard with English as your second language.

Alzheimer should of been written Alzheimer's.

I'll give you a chance to try to keep up.

That must be why you like RAM.

Only 3 letters and since they made the letters larger you can spot your truck much more easily behind a tow truck.



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