Large pickups still vulnerable during safety tests, IIHS shows [video] image

After a new round of crash tests on large pickups, only Ford F-150 managed to earn a top safety rating from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

IIHS decided last year it would test the two most popular variants of large pickups – crew cab and extended cab – instead of just one – after it found that the Ford F-150 extended SuperCab did not performed to the same level as the SuperCrew version in the small overlap test, which replicates what happens when a car runs off the road and hits a tree or pole or clips another vehicle. In its latest round of tests, the institute evaluated nine pickup versions and only three of the large trucks earned an acceptable or higher rating for occupant protection in a small overlap front crash, while Ford’s model was the only one receiving the Top Safety Pick award. Ford improved the 2016 model F-150 SuperCab to clinch a good rating in the small overlap crash test, up from the 2015 model’s marginal rating, IIHS said, thus joining the F-150 SuperCrew in earning a 2016 Top Safety Pick award when equipped with Ford’s optional basic-rated forward collision warning system.

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IIHS noticed important safety differences between the extended-cab and crew-cab versions of two other pickups. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab and the Toyota Tundra Double Cab both earned an acceptable rating for occupant protection in a small overlap crash, while the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab and the Tundra CrewMax received only a marginal score. Ratings for both of the Silverado pickups extend to their GMC Sierra 1500 twins. The worst-performing pickups in the test were the Ram 1500 Crew Cab and the Ram 1500 Quad Cab.