The insurance-funded IIHS published its latest round of crash safety results for pickup trucks, and it wasn’t the peachiest news for General Motors.
The Chevrolet Silverado, Colorado, GMC Sierra, and Canyon all failed to score higher than a “Marginal” rating in the passenger-side small-overlap front crash test. This scenario is when the front corner of the vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. “Marginal” is just one rung above the worst rating of “Poor.” Vehicles can also be rated “Acceptable” and earn the highest rating of “Good.”
The Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Nissan Titan aced the crash test with “Good” ratings. Meanwhile, the Toyota Tundra faired most poorly. The full-size pickup earned a “Poor” rating in the category, and crucially, earned a “Poor” rating when looking at how the truck maintained its structure in the event of this kind of crash. The IIHS observed protrusion of 15 inches into the passenger side of the cabin, which severely increases the risk of leg and hip injury in a crash. The F-150, on the other hand, showed just five inches.
The Silverado, Colorado, Sierra, and Canyon also all earned “Poor” ratings for their structure, which means they also showed signs of passengers inflicted with more severe injuries in this kind of crash.
This isn’t to say Chevrolet and GMC pickups are unsafe, but they do house structures that are more easily compromised on the passenger-side of the vehicle. Each of GM’s trucks in the full- and mid-size segments earned “Good” ratings for the driver’s side small-overlap front crash test. Yet, every single truck on the market except for one performed quite poorly in one other area: headlights.
The IIHS rates headlights as an integral part of earning a Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ award. The Silverado, Colorado, Sierra, and Canyon all offer “Poor” headlights as their best option. The only truck to earn an “Acceptable” rating is the Honda Ridgeline, which combined with its other crash test results, becomes the only truck on the market to earn a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.