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2019 Ram 1500 Aces IIHS Crash Tests, Headlights Fall Short

Marginal Headlight Scores Preclude a Top Safety Pick Award

The 2019 Ram 1500 has been crashed, bashed, and smashed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the dummies inside came through relatively unscathed.

According to the agency, the all-new pickup aced every crashworthiness metric with a good rating, including the challenging passenger- and driver-side small overlap tests, the common moderate overlap test, and the side impact test. The 2019 1500’s performance on the driver-side small overlap test improves over its predecessor, which only achieved a second-worst marginal rating—the outgoing 1500 wasn’t evaluated for passenger-side small overlap, and it achieved a good rating on moderate overlap and side impact.

The 2019 Ram 1500’s most significant improvement over its predecessor, safety-wise, falls under the roof strength category. According to the IIHS, the previous-generation pickup was the worst-performing 2018 vehicle in that test metric. By contrast, the new pickup earns a top score. Furthermore, the 2019 1500’s available Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus avoided a 12-mph collision and a 25-mph collision, earning top scores in crash prevention technology.

Unfortunately, the new Ram’s headlights prevent it from earning a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award. The Ram’s best-rated headlamps earn a marginal ranking, and the IIHS requires an acceptable or good headlight rating in order to achieve TSP or TSP+ status, as of 2018.

Still, these tests prove the new Ram does very well by the occupants inside, and it compares nicely to the Ford F-150, which also does well in terms of crashworthiness. It’s yet another feather in the well-received truck’s cap.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety