First pickups tested under NHTSA's new 5-star rating system

2011 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 5-Safety Rating System

The NHTSA has released results from the first batch of pickup trick crash testig using the agency’s recently overhauled five-star New Car Assessment Program.  The trucks tested were the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2011 GMC Sierra 1500, 2011 Ram 1500, and 2011 Toyota Tacoma.  Platform siblings, the Silverado and Sierra scored the highest ratings.  There were no five-star scores, the Silverado and Sierra both scored four stars.

The regular and extended cab Silverado and Sierra received five stars for driver protection and four stars for passenger protection in frontal crash testing, while the crew cabs scored four on both.  Both cars also scored five-stars across the board side-impact crash ratings, and four-stars for rollover risk.

The NHTSA is still to publish scores for the 2011 Ford F-150, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tundra.

– By: Stephen Calogera