More people are relying on pickup trucks as their daily drivers. With this in mind many people are concerned about the safety of their families.
Many full-size and small pickups are equipped with some of the latest safety technology available. This includes crash notification, roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, and stolen vehicle tracking and slow-down systems.
Many optional systems are available also such as rearview cameras, front and rear parking sensor arrays, lane departure detection, and collision warning systems.
To create the list below we enlisted the help consulted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ratings. One of the things that really stuck out to us is that the cab size of the pickup makes a considerable difference in how a truck ranks safety wise. Crew Cab pickups scores were consistently higher than extended cab or regular cab pickups. This was true in both small and large trucks alike.
To make it easy, the trucks are listed in two different categories, large and small. The safest, best ranking trucks are first with the worst ranking trucks following.
Check out the top safest new pickup trucks available in 2016.
Before buying a new truck, it’s important to know the dealer invoice price and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what's a good price to pay for the car.
As always, I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Edmunds Price Promise or TrueCar No Haggle Pricing, their quotes will automatically include any discounts or cash-back incentives currently available in the marketplace.
|Category||Safe Pickup Truck||IIHS Rating|
|Large Pickups||Ford F-150 Crew Cab||Rated "Good" - small overlap, front moderate overlap, and side impacts. It also scored “Good” in roof strength, as well as head restraints and seats|
|Large Pickups||Toyota Tundra Crew Cab||Rated “Good” - front moderate overlap and side impact testing. Roof strength, along with the head restraints and seats scored “Good” as well. With no crash prevention technologies available, the Tundra is out of Top Safety pick running. Something to keep in mind is the Tundra’s child seat anchors were rated “Poor” in terms of ease of use.|
|Large Pickups||Nissan Titan Crew Cab||Rated “Good” in front moderate overlap testing. Titan’s roof strength clocked an “Acceptable” (the second highest IIHS rating). Titan’s head restraints and seats were judged as “Good” for their ability to provide protection. The Nissan Titan Crew Cab offers no accident prevention technologies.|
|Large Pickups||Ram 1500 Crew Cab||Rated “Good”- front moderate overlap crashes. “Marginal” (the next to lowest score) in roof strength, but “Good” for seats and head restraints. The Ram 1500 Crew Cab’s child seat anchors were rated “Marginal” in terms of ease of use.|
|Large Pickups||Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab||Ranked “Good” - front moderate overlap crashes. In the other areas, a lack of data keeps it from being named a Top Safety Pick. However, given the five-star overall NHTSA rating, Silverado would probably qualify with more testing. NOTE - Silverado’s child seat anchors were rated “Poor” in terms of ease of use.|
|Large Pickups||GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab||Rated "Good" - front moderate overlap crashes. However, like Silverado, in the other key areas, a lack of data keeps the Sierra from being named a Top Safety Pick. However, given the five-star overall NHTSA rating, it would probably qualify with more testing. NOTE - Sierra’s child seat anchors were also rated “Poor” in terms of ease of use.|
|Small Pickups||Nissan Frontier Crew Cab||Rated “Good” - front moderate overlap, side, and roof strength testing. The Frontier Crew Cab earned an “Acceptable” rating for seats and head restraints. As regards ease of use, the Frontier’s child seat anchors were rated as only “Marginal”.|
|Small Pickups||Toyota Tacoma Double (Crew) Cab||Rated “Good” - front moderate overlap and side testing. Roof strength was considered “Marginal”, while the head restraints and seats were scored "Good."|
|Small Pickups||Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon Crew Cab||Ranked “Good” - front moderate overlap crash protection. Lack of testing in the other areas likely prevented both models from being considered top safety picks.|
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