Large pickups struggle in new safety test, Ford grabs lone ‘good’ rating

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

In a new report released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only three out of the seven large pickup trucks tested in a small overlap front crash earned an acceptable or higher for occupant protection.

IIHS evaluated two body styles of each 2016 model-year pickup — crew cab and extended cab. Crew cabs have four full doors and two full rows of seating. Extended cabs have two full front doors, two smaller rear doors and compact second-row seats.

Vehicles that earn a basic rating for front crash prevention plus good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations qualify for Top Safety Pick. To qualify for 2016 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five crashworthiness tests and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

Find the full list of ratings at iihs.org.