• Nov 24, 2010
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rolled in the first batch of pickup trucks to be tested using its latest Five-Star New Car Assessment Program. Three trucks were tested: the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (this truck's scores were also applied to the nearly identical GMC Sierra 1500), 2011 Ram 1500 and Toyota Tacoma.

Of the trucks tested, the pair from General Motors recorded the best scores, earning a Combined score of four stars. The 2011 Tacoma also managed a Combined score of four stars, but performed significantly worse than the GM trucks in NHTSA's front crash testing, taking home just two stars for the passenger.

Bringing up the rear in this round of testing is the Ram 1500 (non-Heavy Duty). While Chrysler's full-size pickup managed a Combined rating of three stars, it floundered in the agency's tough new pole test with just one star being awarded. Check out PickupTrucks.com for more analysis on the results, and search NHTSA's full 2011-model-year crash testing database here.

[Source: NHTSA via PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to see how a Smart car performs on these tests.

      http://westsideautopros.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      is a combined score of 4 stars mean 2 stars for each truck? lol
      interested to see more trucks by comparison.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a load a crap this "NEW" testing is! I will agree this video show that the Ram fared pretty well!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39swVKoeFhs
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pretty good on full frontal, but i think it's getting a lower rating for off-set collisions which happen more often in real life.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The old test wasn't based in the real world where we live. Who gives a crap about the old test that even a radio flyer wagon could get a 5 star rating on. Talk about dwelling on the past...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really???? I think that was the point I was making. Did you read what I wrote or even look at the video???
        • 4 Years Ago
        They use a different test now...

        Read a little.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am glad to see the tougher rating system, the five star term had almost lost its meaning, but now car companies will have to work harder to make cars that stand up the the battery of new tests.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bet the Dodge Ram will get more airbags,and it will get a 5 star rating !!!!

      In 2009 The Ram got a bad rating for its side impact....they added an airbag and then got a 5 star rating...pretty sure all it needs !!!

      My 2010 Ram was in a head on with a 2009 Accord in Sept. and the Accord was demolished !!! The driver of the Accord was not in good shape ! My truck's front end landed in his windshield,his car had no front left !! I had no injuries at all,he was airlifted to the hospital..All I can say I will only own a truck ,from now on !!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have been following these new crash test ratings for a while, and it seems to me that NHTSA is so far up GM's ass the General can taste it.
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