Only three out of seven full-size pickup trucks crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway earned an acceptable rate or higher when it comes to the toughest safety test.
And only one, the Ford F-150, received the highest rating of "good" and was named a Top Safety Pick.
“Ford is leading the way among large pickup manufacturers when it comes to protecting people in a range of crashes and offering technology to warn drivers of imminent frontal crashes,” says Raul Arbelaez, vice president of the Institute’s Vehicle Research Center.
The institute, the safety arm of the insurance industry, says it tested two different configurations for each pickup, the crew cab and extended cab.
The toughest test by IIHS, the one that has tripped makers of cars and trucks alike, is what is called the small overlap crash test. In it, a vehicle is crashed in a way that simulates hitting a pole or other narrow object on one side of the front or the other.
The pickups that fared poorest in that crucial test were the Ram 1500 Crew Cab and the Ram 1500 Quad Cab. Both were handed a marginal rating overall, IIHS says.
How pickups fared in the IIHS crash tests (Photo: IIHS)