The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s rigorous 2019 standards have kept most pickup trucks from earning either its Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus designations; only the 2019 Honda Ridgeline (Top Safety Pick) and 2019–20 Ram 1500 (Top Safety Pick Plus) have met the IIHS standards. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma double cab (aka crew cab) is now the third truck to be so designated, earning a Top Safety Pick while also topping our roundup of pickup truck news this week.
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When it comes to cars and SUVs, most vehicles miss out as a result of IIHS’ headlight testing, but in this case the optional LED headlights available on the TRD Off-Road and TRD Sport trims — standard on the TRD Pro and Limited — earned a good rating from the agency.
What held the Tacoma back from the highest Top Safety Pick Plus award was instead its performance in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test, a relatively new addition to IIHS’ battery of tests. The Tacoma scored acceptable on a scale of good, acceptable, marginal or poor, and needed a score of good to qualify for the higher award. It did score good in all other crash tests, and its standard forward crash prevention system also earned the highest possible score of superior.
In other truck news this week, we also tested the real-world fuel economy of the 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 AT4 on a mileage loop in Michigan, took a look at the wild Super Duty trucks Ford has at the 2019 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show in Las Vegas, and explored what makes the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition so special.
Check out all that and more from both Cars.com and sister site PickupTrucks.com below.
Editor’s note: This article was updated on Nov. 7, 2019, with a photo of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma.
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