The 2022 Chevy Colorado performed poorly in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) updated moderate overlap front test. Among the five small crew cab pickups tested, none earned a Good overall rating. The test showed a higher risk of injury for rear-seated passengers compared to those sitting in front.
“Our updated moderate overlap front crash test proved to be challenging for small pickups,” said IIHS President David Harkey. “A common problem was that the rear passenger dummy’s head came dangerously close to the front seatback, and in many cases, dummy measurements indicated a risk of neck or chest injuries. All these things tell us that the rear seat belts need improvement.”
Among the five small pickups tested, the 2022 through 2023 Nissan Frontier was the only model that earned an Acceptable overall rating. The 2022 through 2023 Ford Ranger earned a Marginal overall rating, while the 2022 Chevy Colorado, 2022 through 2023 Jeep Gladiator, and 2022 through 2023 Toyota Tacoma all earned a Poor overall rating.
Breaking down the individual measurements within the test, the IIHS reports Good ratings across the board for the 2022 Chevy Colorado, with the exception of rear passenger head and neck injury, rear passenger chest injury, and rear passenger restraints and kinematics, all of which returned a Marginal rating. The IIHS states that the rear seat restraints in the 2022 Chevy Colorado allowed the rear dummy’s head to come too close to the front seatback, while a moderate or likely risk of both neck and chest injuries was indicated for rear-seated passengers.
The IIHS launched the updated moderate overlap front crash test last year following research which indicated that belted rear-seated passengers were at high risk of fatal injury compared to belted front-seated passengers. The IIHS states that this is not because the rear seat has become less safe, but rather that improved airbags and advanced seat belts, both of which are typically equipped up front, are rarely available for the rear seat. The IIHS says that young children are still safest in the back seat in order to avoid injury from an inflating airbag.
To note, the 2022 Chevy Colorado is the previous-generation pickup, with an all-new third-generation introduced for the 2023 model year.