Ram 1500 First Pickup to Earn Top Safety Pick Safety Rating in 2020

Christian Wardlaw | Dec 14, 2020

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced that the 2021 Ram 1500, when equipped with a specific cab style and available safety features and headlights, meets its Top Safety Pick rating criteria. It is the first pickup truck to earn the distinction during the 2020 calendar year. In 2019, the only pickups to rank as high were the Honda Ridgeline, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tacoma, but all three dropped off the list until the IIHS re-assessed the 2021 Ram 1500.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX Blue Front Quarter Right

To get a Ram 1500 with a Top Safety Pick designation, you must choose a crew cab with TRX, Laramie Longhorn, or Limited trim. These versions have the top-rated curve adaptive full LED headlights with automatic high-beam operation and the top forward-collision warning system with new-for-2021 pedestrian detection. All other versions of the truck miss the mark due to substandard headlights.

Ram’s top competitors in the segment include the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2021 Ford F-150. The Ford F-150 is redesigned for 2021, and as J.D. Power published this article, the new F-150 hadn’t been assessed for crashworthiness. The Chevy Silverado rates Marginal for front passenger protection levels in the small overlap frontal-impact crash test, whereas the Ram 1500 earns the top rating of Good in this test. The Silverado’s corporate twin, the GMC Sierra 1500, also rates Marginal in the same assessment.

Other full-size light-duty pickup trucks include the Nissan Titan and the Toyota Tundra. The IIHS hasn’t fully tested the Titan, and given its low sales volumes, it likely won’t be in the future. The Tundra’s IIHS testing results are unimpressive. It earns a Marginal rating for driver protection and a Poor rating for front passenger protection in small-overlap frontal-impact testing. Its roof crush strength rating registered a notch down from other full-size trucks, too. A redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra is due to arrive soon.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on December 14, 2020, but it may have changed since that date.

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