IIHS tests give bad news to Chevy, Ram, and Toyota

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has completed testing on the current crop of 2016 full-size pickups, and the results are surprising. The 2016 Ford F-150 was the only pickup to earn a Top Safety Pick through “Good” ratings, while other pickups scored lower on the rankings.

The tests included the relatively new small overlap frontal crash test, along with the moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rollover protection, and seat testing for rear-end crashes. The small overlap test proved to be the downfall for several of the trucks, the most notable of which was the 2016 Ram 1500.

Both crew cab and extended cab variations had major structural damage to the driver’s compartment that would likely have resulted in driver injury. Both cab variations received the rating of poor for structure while overall scores were listed as marginal.

The bad news continues to Chevrolet and Toyota, as both the Silverado Crew Cab and Tundra Crew Cab performed worse than their respective Extended Cab models. Both crew cab versions received the rating of marginal, whereas the shorter, extended cab models actually received the rating of acceptable.

Conversely, the 2016 Ford F-150 performed well in the battery of testing, earning a score of good for both extended cab and crew cab configurations. When equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning system, the IIHS honors the F-150 with its Top Safety Pick award.

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Why it matters

Crash test ratings are an extremely important aspect for both automakers and consumers. Consumers drive the betterment of vehicles through buying power, while automakers face slow sales and shame if their vehicles don’t rank well. What’s more, insurance rates rise for vehicles with poor crash test results, ultimately costing the consumer more money for car insurance.

Money aside, safety is a huge factor in buying a car. Folks want to know their vehicle isn’t dangerous for themselves and their families. It’s through the efforts of the IIHS and the government-ran National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that vehicle safety has skyrocketed over the last 40 years. Cars and trucks still aren’t perfect, but the industry is slowing moving in that direction.

Crash Test Videos

Here’s the IIHS’ video of each truck’s crash test. Turn on high-definition and enter full screen for all the slow-motion footage.

2016 Ford F-150

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2016 Ram 1500

2016 Toyota Tundra

Ford F-150

2016 Ford F-150 Limited High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the Ford F-150 here.

Press Release

The 2016 Ford F-150 – the toughest, smartest, most capable and safest F-150 ever – is the only large pickup to earn an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick for SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations.

Class-leading crash test performance of the new Ford F-150 is enabled by the use of high-strength steel in the frame; high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in the body; and smart engineering, which also help to save up to 700 pounds of weight to enable best-in-class ratings for towing, payload and EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy.

“From the moment our team set out to design and build the new F-150, we knew it had to be best-in-class,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Global Product Development, and chief technical officer. “This Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick is another example of Ford’s commitment to building the toughest, smartest, most capable and safest F-150 ever.”

A cross-functional group of Ford truck veterans worked thousands of hours to deliver improved durability, capability, fuel economy and safety. The team created 31 safety-related innovations – including new structures that manage crash forces, and joining methods that were tested virtually with supercomputer simulations, then retested in Ford’s advanced laboratories to engineer the safest F-150 ever.

These smart innovations include a patented extruded aluminum roof crossmember and additional frame crossmember to help improve crash resilience.

To manage crash forces in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety small overlap front crash test, Ford created a system of innovations that work together to help protect the driver. Nylon hinge pillar reinforcements save weight, and in conjunction with specially designed wheel blockers, work to control crash forces while also providing additional safety.

“The same innovative approach applied to every other attribute of the 2016 F-150 is exemplified in our commitment to safety,” said Nair. “We spent thousands of hours engineering, designing and developing multiple safety features that work together in the event of an accident.”

F-150 is the only full-size, light-duty truck to earn National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s highest rating, a five-star Overall Vehicle Score and a five-star rating for driver and passenger for all crash test modes and cab configurations – SuperCrew, SuperCab and Regular Cab.

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