CARS.COM — Half-ton pickup trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500 are currently at the top of the U.S. sales charts, making safety ratings an increasingly important factor for truck shoppers. Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is making its tests progressively tougher in an effort to make vehicles safer. How do half-ton pickup trucks stack up in terms of safety?
Trucks are currently rated by IIHS in five crash tests: Small overlap front, driver side; moderate overlap front; side; roof strength; and head restraints and seats. Additionally, IIHS tests headlights and front crash prevention technology.
No pickup currently qualifies for the IIHS’ highest rating of Top Safety Pick Plus, as it requires scoring acceptable or good in a sixth crash test: the passenger-side small overlap front crash test — and no pickup truck has yet been rated for that. In addition to that score, the truck must earn a score of good on all other crash tests, receive an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good rating for headlights.