As long as I have been in the automotive journalism game – since 2009 for those of you keeping score – pickup trucks have never done well in safety tests. Even more recently, the IIHS exposed how different cab setups can drastically change safety ratings. Ram is bucking this trend by offering the first-ever full-size pickup with an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating.
To get this top-notch IIHS rating, a vehicle must have “Good” marks in all the crash tests and the headlight test, and its automatic emergency braking system must score an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating. The 2020 Ram 1500 and all 2019 Ram 1500 models produced after May 2019 meet all these criteria, making it the first-ever Top Safety Pick+ pickup.
There are a few caveats, though. First, the only Ram 1500 headlights to get the necessary “Good” rating are the LED projector units, which are available only on the Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims. The standard headlights received only a “Marginal” rating. Second, to achieve the “Superior” front-crash avoidance score, you must opt for the $1,695 Advanced Safety Group Package.
You can check out all the 2020 Ram 1500’s safety ratings at the IIHS’ website. There are even some gnarly pictures and videos of the crashes. Looks like a fun job…