The Ram 1500 has broken through to achieve the highest safety rating for a full-size pickup adding to its list of accomplishments.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 2020 Ram 1500 crew cab and certain 2019 crew cab models are the first full-size pickups to earn their coveted Top Safety Pick + rating.
This means the Ram 1500 achieved the highest rating in all six crashworthiness tests conducted by the IIHS.
Safety has started to play a key role in full-size pickups as they have become larger and easier to drive at faster speeds.
Recently, the IIHS named the Honda Ridgeline as the only pickup to earn the honor. Now, Ram shares the same honor.
Here is the official press release:
Ram 1500 First Full-size Pickup to Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+
- 2020 Ram 1500 Crew Cab and certain 2019 Crew Cab models are first full-size pickups to earn Top Safety Pick+ under current Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) guidelines
- Top Safety Pick+ is highest rating awarded by IIHS
- Ram 1500 achieves highest possible ratings in each of the six crashworthiness tests conducted by IIHS
- Crashworthiness aided by FCA’s patented splayed front frame rails
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology graded “superior,” benefiting from industry’s only pickup-segment application of Integrated Radar Camera Module (IRCM) – one of more than 100 available safety and security features
The rating applies to 2020 Ram 1500 pickups, and 2019 trucks produced after May of this year, when equipped with adaptive LED projector headlamps that have high-beam assist and Ram’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology, Forward Collision Mitigation.
“This recognition validates our unrelenting efforts to deliver more value for our customers,” says Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “The new Ram 1500 has earned many accolades for its capability and design. It is immensely satisfying to have the IIHS recognize our truck for its compelling safety story.”
The Ram 1500’s safety story begins with innovations such as its patented approach to frame-rail construction. The truck’s front frame-rails are splayed to better manage crash energy in certain types of frontal collisions.
Of the six crashworthiness evaluations conducted by the IIHS, three simulate frontal impacts. And the Ram 1500 recorded “good” results in each, the highest possible rating.
Outcomes were the same in the three remaining crashworthiness tests, which inflict damage consistent with a side impact, rear impact and a rollover.
Also unique to the Ram 1500 is its use of an Integrated Radar Camera Module (IRCM) to accommodate Forward Collision Mitigation. The IRCM consolidates radar and camera components behind the vehicle’s rearview mirror, which not only simplifies their interface, but keeps important technology out of harm’s way in the event of minor collisions.
Meanwhile, Forward Collision Mitigation in the Ram 1500 earned a “superior” rating from IIHS. The optional feature boasts sensor-fusion technology, which blends camera capability with radar detection to determine when an impact is imminent.
The system initially warns the driver to take action to avoid a collision. If the driver does not act in a timely manner, the system may activate the vehicle’s brakes if collision risk remains.
The Top Safety Pick+ rating is also enabled by adaptive LED projector headlamps that have high-beam assist. The technology was refined in May of this year, earning the highest IIHS rating of “good.”
A “good” rating in headlamp testing is the latest IIHS requirement to earn Top Safety Pick+.
The 2019 Top Safety Pick+ rating is the culmination of many months in the spotlight for the Ram 1500 – from Motor Trend Truck of the Year to a place among Wards 10 Best Engines with its standard-equipment 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with eTorque.