The 2016 Ram 1500 Quad Cab and Crew Cab fared the worst in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small overlap front crash test for large pickups, both earning a ‘Moderate’ overall rating and a ‘Poor’ structural rating.
In the test, the IIHS evaluated two body styles of each 2016 model year pickup. The Ford F-150 SuperCab was the deemed the safest truck, earning the best-possible rating of ‘Good’ across the board and earning the IIHS’ coveted Top Safety Pick + distinction.
In the small front overlap test for the Ram 1500 Quad Cab, the IIHS says the “force of the crash pushed the door-hinge pillar, instrument panel and steering column back toward the driver dummy.” With the Ram Crew Cab test, “the dummy’s head contacted the front airbag but rolled around the left side as the steering column moved to the right, allowing the head to approach the intruding windshield pillar.” Both of these scenarios contributed to the Ram’s poor showing in the results.
The second best-rated pickup was the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab, which received an overall rating of ‘Acceptable’. The GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab and Toyota Tundra Double Cab also received ‘Acceptable’ overall ratings, while the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, Sierra 1500 Crew Cab and Tundra Crew Max all received ‘Moderate’ scores.