Ram 1500 First Full-Size Pickup Awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

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The 2020 Ram 1500 crew cab and select 2019 Ram 1500 crew cab models are the first full-size trucks to earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This is the highest rating the group awards and it’s not easy to earn.

The truck accomplished this feat by earning a Good rating in all six crash test. Next was earning an Advanced or better rating for frontal-crash avoidance technology, which the Ram 1500 exceeded with a Superior rating.

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One of the trickiest parts of the process, not just for Ram but for many automakers, is achieving the required score for headlights. It might seem like an odd challenge, after all, headlights are headlights and they all light the way, but they don’t all do it equally.

It’s proved difficult to achieve a Good rating, with many vehicles receiving an Acceptable. That’s not exactly bad and it’s only one step down from the top rating, but it’s enough for the IIHS to lower its overall rating on a vehicle. That could turn a Top Safety Pick+ into only a Top Safety Pick.

Thanks to some work from Ram’s engineers, the Ram 1500, when equipped with optional adaptive LED projector headlamps that have high-beam assist, now make the grade. Properly equipped Ram 1500 trucks built after May, when the lighting change was made, receive the top rating.

“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.”

It is important to note that this isn’t simply every Ram truck out there. It’s very specifically for the crew cab with both adaptive LED projector headlamps and optional safety equipment.

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The Ram 1500 was all-new for the 2019 model year with an updated design, new safety and technology features, and impressive capability. This latest award adds yet another reason for truck buyers to consider the Ram brand.