For a long period of time in the automotive industry, it was generally accepted that the bigger SUVs and pickup trucks were relatively unsafe. However, thanks to new technology within the past few years, the bigger vehicles have much more improved safety ratings. These improved safety features are what drives people to purchase these vehicles, if they have poor safety features, they are unlikely to sell in this market. Pickup trucks have recently been on the rise thanks to their large demeanor, incredible hauling abilities, and the improved mileage the newest trucks have been getting. However, that is not the main reason people have been buying them, the simple reason is that they are one of the safest options for people to be driving in today.
Because of the many different brands and types of pickup trucks, it can be extremely difficult to decide on which you want to purchase. After reading this article, one should be able to identify what their next pickup purchase will be.
Ranked highly with four-out-of-five stars from the NHTSA in safety ratings, this is ranked to be the safest trucks a person can buy. It boasts many safety features like a teen driver safety – limiting the speed limit, audio volume, and even has the capability to monitor their driving performance. Furthermore, it also received five stars on the side crash test and four on the frontal crash test.
The Toyota Tacoma, Toyota’s mid size truck, is not exactly known for its fun features, but their safety ratings are off the charts. The Tacoma earned the highest “good” ratings across the board for the IHHS’ crash tests. Furthermore, the NHTSA rated it four out of five starts for safety.
While the NHTSA has yet to rate this truck, the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) ran it through a series of tests to see what their safety features are. The Titan was graded an “acceptable” in terms of the small front overlap test, which is rated higher than the Nissan Sierra and the Chevy Silverado. Furthermore, it also ranked as “acceptable” for the front crash test and results for the front passenger.
The Silverado 1500 earned another four star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The standard package comes with a multitude of safety features like pedestrian braking, forward-collision alert, lane change alert, and automatic high beams. Furthermore, it even has the GM’s SuperCruise technology, enabling autonomous driving on compatible roads.
While the Ridgeline is not the best looking truck, it does have one of the highest rated safety features. It earned a five star safety rating from the NHTSA for its five star ratings across the board and four stars in its rollover resistance test. The Japanese truck comes with many safety features in the standard truck like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping, and rear cross-traffic monitors.
While number six on the list, the Santa Cruz earned the Top Safety Pick Award from the IIHS. It received the best “good” rating in every single crash test. It carries Hyundai’s SmartSense safety suite to go along with many standard safety features.
The benefit of going with GMC Sierra 1500 is that each level comes with the standard GMC Pro Safety suite, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Furthermore, it includes lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic high beams. The NHTSA rated the truck a four out of five stars in terms of safety ratings.
While the Ram 1500 is known for its immense power, it also earned a 2022 Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. All cab configurations earned “good ratings” from the IIHS across the board, earning the highest score from the organization. It should be noted that this is the third straight year the Ram 1500 earned the Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.
The infamous Tundra recently received a top-to-bottom overhaul, which included a ton of new technology which improved the safety features of the truck. The IIHS recently announced that the 2022 Tundra is the Top Safety Pick+, earning the highest designation possible from this organization.
It took us a while, but we finally got to Ford on the list. As the 14th of its generation, Ford recently made a number of changes to improve the truck’s safety features. The Crew Cab version earned a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, but the XL trim didn’t earn the award, so be careful which level you choose.
Both full sized and mid sized pickup trucks have made improvements on their truck to improve their safety features. All of the trucks on this list passed several safety inspections, and earned many awards along the way. The best part now is that you get to decide which “fun” features you want to include in your truck. If you are picking a truck on this list, you know you are getting a high quality, safe truck.