The majority of pickups recently put through the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) passenger-side small overlap front test struggled to maintain their structure, but two trucks — the Ford F-150 and the Nissan Titan — earned a good rating.
The F-150 and the Titan join the Ram 1500, whose good rating in the test was released late last year.
The Honda Ridgeline, which earned an acceptable rating in the passenger-side test, is the only pickup so far to qualify for the 2019 Top Safety Pick award.
“We commend Ford, Nissan and Ram for providing state-of-the-art crash protection for both drivers and front passengers of their large pickup models,” said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer. “As a group, however, the pickup class still has a lot of work to do.”
The Toyota Tacoma earned an acceptable rating in the passenger-side test, but fell short of an award because of headlights. The Toyota Tundra, a large pickup, earned the only poor rating, while five of the trucks rated marginal.
In total, IIHS has rated 11 crew cab pickups in the passenger-side test — four small and seven large.