4 Trucks Earn Good Safety Ratings From IIHS


CARS.COM — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released crash-test scores for crew- and extended-cab versions of four 2017 mid-size trucks: the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. The results … aren’t the greatest.

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Only four versions — pickup trucks are now tested in multiple cab configurations — earned a good rating, which is the third-highest rating available. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline remains the only new truck of any size with a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, the institute’s highest rating. The second-highest rating is simply Top Safety Pick.

To earn a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, a vehicle must receive a rating of good in all five of IIHS’ crashworthiness tests, offer automatic emergency braking rated advanced or superior, and receive an average or good rating in headlight tests. Top Safety Pick vehicles must score the same on all the aforementioned tests except for the headlight test.

Crew-cab versions of the Colorado and Canyon and crew- and extended-cab versions of the Toyota Tacoma received good ratings in crash tests. Extended-cab versions of the Colorado and Canyon were rated acceptable, and both versions of the Nissan Frontier — last updated in 2005 — received marginal ratings.

To see a complete breakdown of the test results in each category as well as some before and after images of the test vehicles, check out the full story on

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