Ram 1500 Sees IIHS Crash-Test Improvements for 2019

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The 2019 Ram 1500 crew cab scored quite well in six crashworthiness tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, improving significantly from its model-year 2018 IIHS ratings. The half-ton pickup truck scored good in the driver-side small overlap front crash test, the moderate overlap front and side crash tests, the roof strength and head restraint tests, and the passenger-side small overlap test. Of note: This last test was added to the IIHS battery of tests in 2017; the 2019 Ram 1500 is the first pickup to undergo the test. In addition to these tests, the Ram also received a superior rating for its optional front crash protection system. The 2018 Ram 1500 rated marginal in both the driver-side small overlap front crash test and the roof strength test and for headlights.

Despite the huge improvements for Ram 1500 crew cab in most IIHS testing, the 2019 model did not receive either of the safety agency's top ratings: Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus. To qualify for Top Safety Pick status, a vehicle must get good ratings in driver-side small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests; an advanced or superior rating for front crash protection; and an acceptable or good headlight rating. To qualify for Top Safety Pick Plus, it must get good ratings in driver-side small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests; an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test; an advanced or superior rating for front crash protection; and a good headlight rating.

IIHS also tested the 2019 Ram 1500 extended cab in two tests: front crash prevention (superior with optional equipment) and headlights (marginal).

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Comments

Hugh improvement over the previous design.

So Ram is still peddling the 2018 deathtraps?

Why?

Buyer Beware.

Only took 10 years. Doh.

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Still junk to me. That doesn’t change anything and it doesn’t make people to buy one. They still junk period.

I am not a brand loyal person but the quality of my 2014 Ram was superior then any other vehicle I've had in the past 20 years. Main reason I bought a 2019 and the improved crash ratings really hit the spot.

All current Japanese designed Pickups need to have a 5 star rating on their second assessment
https://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/np300-nissan-navara-awarded-five-star-safety-rating-by-ancap-34159

Is any part of the current nissan titan xd made from aluminum? (Body panels) thanks.

These are not the gov star ratings.

Robert Ryan,
Even the Chinese are now building 5 Star rated utes. They realise they need to to sell.
I do believe the US with it's different regulations for pickups vs cars/CUVs, etc are catching up with the modern global utes.
It's good to see how well the Ram did here.

It's good to see how well the Ram did here.
Posted by: BAFO | Nov 11, 2018

These improvements are rapidly becoming irrelevant. The major causes of mortality are not being addressed by air bags or crash tests. The real threat to law abiding drivers is the unlawful drivers on the roads. Millions of people in the US drive without a license, drive on a suspended license or drive on revoked licenses. Some will get brief jail time for it but most get a slap on the wrist and another trip to safe-driving school.

DUI?

No sweat. Hire a good lawyer. He'll get you a drive-to-work permit so even if they jerk your license you'll still be able to drive to work.

The millions of defective air-bags continue to present drivers with a threat. The government makes you have one in your car. Classic.

Crash test dummies do not save lives. Getting the druggies and drunks off the road would be a good place to start.

The two most deadly kinds of accidents that the news in my area has been reporting have been two vehicle head on collisions and vehicle vs. utility pole. All involved driving under the influence.

@mls956

I know it makes me sound like a geezer, but what the heck.

What if you could choose whether or NOT you want to include a passive-restrain system (fancy words that mean air bag) when you buy a new car or truck? I bet a LOT of people would skip that $2000 system if they had the chance.

Have you EVER been in a vehicle in a wreck and the bags deployed? In fifty years of driving I've never witnessed it.

What about child safety seats? When I was a kid we rode around in my dad's convertible a lot and it didn't even have seat belts. Never got hurt once.

The safety nannies cost us billions of dollars and deliver videos of crash dummies. I'm ready to let someone else pay for that.

@papajim, that's the stupidest comment yet and a credit to how dumb you are. Most people will never have their airbags deploy and will never be in a serious accident. But that said car accidents are still one of the leading causes of death for people under 50 years of age. Over 50 it is health and old age.

Papajim says:

“ Have you EVER been in a vehicle in a wreck and the bags deployed? In fifty years of driving I've never witnessed it.

What about child safety seats? When I was a kid we rode around in my dad's convertible a lot and it didn't even have seat belts. Never got hurt once. “

You truly are a fuqing moron


So, you have an opinion that differs from mine that makes me stupid...right? At least I gave reasons for my idea.

Based on your reply, you on the other hand are simply a reactionary bigot. Bonus quesiton: Did your nazi uniform get back from the cleaners yet?

But that said car accidents are still one of the leading causes of death for people under 50 years of age.
Posted by: Ron | Nov 11, 2018

And your point is...?

Are you saying that despite having the safety nannies and the hall monitors protruding into every corner of our lives, that accidents are STILL the leading cause of death.

Doesn't that make your viewpoint illogical sir?

How long will we be forced to acquiesce? How much more of our freedom do we have to surrender to the Nannie Culture in Washington before our lives are "safe" enough for us to make our own damned decisions?

Papajim so your position is that personal freedom goes hand in hand with personal responsibility. That people should have the right to choose the degree of safety features their vehicles have. So I should be able to choose from an affordable vehicle with seatbelts to mortgaging my internal organs to afford airbags in every panel, collision avoidance, lane keeping assist and positive affirmation technology? This is why I like capitalism.

@mls956

Yes. Personal choice. Thank you.

I'm noticing that many of the same people---who seem to prefer the forced adoption of safety-nannie systems in your car---are proposing a laissez faire approach to recreational drugs.

And they don't seem to mind campaigning for 'opioid-crisis' politics while demanding recreational pot. They're losing me on that one!

anything over 30K not getting top scores in crash testing is just wrong.



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