Pickup trucks have been a tough cookie to crack for automakers with regards to crash testing. Although they’re far from unsafe, there are many vehicles that perform far better. That includes the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted its testing on General Motors’ mid-size pickups and both walked away with “Good” overall safety ratings. However, neither were good enough to earn a coveted Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. A lack of active-safety equipment, such as automatic emergency braking, and poor headlights kept the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado from earning higher marks.
The IIHS tested both crew and extended cab versions of the pickup trucks with the former performing better in overall crash worthiness. Extended cabs only earned “Acceptable” ratings.
Headlights remain an overlooked measure that the IIHS has only recently brought into the spotlight. All pickups recently tested received a “Poor” grade for their headlights.
If there is one mid-size pickup to avoid, it would be the Nissan Frontier, which hasn’t undergone a structural redesign since the 2005 model year. During its crash tests, the IIHS had no choice but to brand it with “Marginal” overall safety ratings.