• May 12, 2011
IIHS Full-Size Pickup Rollover Crash Testing - Click above for high-res image gallery

Like their body-on-frame SUV cousins, full-size pickup trucks are more prone to roll over than a standard passenger car. That's exactly why it's so important to have a vehicle that earns good marks in roof-strength tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just released the data on its recent volley of tests on full-size pickup trucks, and both the 2011 Ford F-150 and 2011 Toyota Tundra earned the coveted Top Safety Pick designation. The vehicles earned the highest possible rating of 'good' in the institutes crush test, where a large steel plate is pressed against one corner of the roof to calculate a strength-to-weight ratio.

Meanwhile, the 2011 Nissan Titan took home an acceptable rating in the rollover evaluation while the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, 2011 GMC Sierra and 2011 Ram 1500 netted marginal scores.

IIHS says that the roof on the Toyota Tundra stood up to 4.5 times the truck's weight while the F-150 handled 4.7 times the pressure. A vehicle must withstand 4 times its weight before five-inches of crush is detected before being awarded a Good rating. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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May 12 - First roof strength tests of large pickups

The Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra are the only large pickups to earn the top rating of good in the Institute's roof strength evaluation that measures occupant protection in rollover crashes. The Nissan Titan is rated acceptable for rollover protection. The Chevrolet Silverado (and twin GMC Sierra), and Dodge Ram are rated marginal. The ratings only apply to crew cab versions of these pickups.

The F-150 and Tundra also earn the Institute's 2011 TOP SAFETY PICK award after earning top ratings in previous front, side, and rear evaluations, and for having electronic stability control, which is standard in both pickups.

To measure roof strength, a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle's roof at a constant speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle's weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio. This is a good assessment of vehicle structural protection in rollover crashes.

In the latest tests, the Tundra's roof withstood a force of 4.5 times weight. The F-150's roof withstood a force equal to 4.7 times the vehicle's weight. Vehicles with a strength-to-weight ratio of 4 or higher earn a good rating. The good rating and TOP SAFETY PICK designation for the F-150 apply to pickups manufactured after February 2011 because Ford made changes to the roof structure to better protect occupants in rollover crashes.


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      masonperegrine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Umm, why is there never any after photos of these rollover tests?
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        Jac Zobel de Ayala
        • 3 Years Ago
        How's that any better than the fat inbreds that buy Fords?
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      Bruno Nekic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tundra, definitely the best half ton available. Anything bigger Ford all the way.
        MAX
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bruno Nekic
        The Turdra would be the worst full size truck if Nissan didn't make an even worse truck. It's funny to watch all these Toyota trucks hit bumps in the road and see the bed bounce. Just Google "Tundra bed bounce" Rust prone weak frames, worst 5.7L gas mileage, can't stand on the tailgate because it's so flimsy, worst ride and just hideously ugly.
          Mack
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MAX
          If you call the Titan and Tundra weak or worst truck , that's only your dumb@ss opinion. Does this make the Ford SD a weak truck? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah65OKoXZt4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v36MCcRPRTc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EuQ6f8rgT4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRtD_rDimHk Stop playing this "Just Google and YouTube search ____" crap. Much of the stuff posted on the Internet is designed to make stupid people think the way others want them to think. If you could think for yourself, you'd see that all trucks have their strengths and weakness. As someone that's actually driven and had experience with nearly every truck on the market, that's just how a see it. Believing a truck is weak because of an internet search tells me you have trouble using your head.
          caddy-v
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MAX
          Not just a weak frame, an extremely weak truck period.
          Dest
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MAX
          "weak frames". Haha...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bruno Nekic
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          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          Agreed!! It seems we have become a bunch of insecure, coddled, safety obsessed wussies.
          Mack
          • 3 Years Ago
          I can see why some commenting aren't afraid of poor rollover crash ratings. If you have a really hardhead, you don't need a strong roof to protect it.
          JackS
          • 3 Years Ago
          How do you not understand basic physics? When a vehicle flips, it's flipping at speed so the impact is equivalent to several times it's weight. Nobody flips their vehicle when it's standing still, it flips when people turn too sharply at speed so you'll never have a situation where exactly 1x the vehicle's weight will be on the roof-it's always several times the vehicle's weight.
      Charles
      • 3 Years Ago
      ummm I'ma have to go with F-150 an amazing truck over Jap crap! USA USA USA USA USA
        • 3 Years Ago
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      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course the Tundra has a bouncy bed, its frame is an open "C" channel type, used commonly in the 80s. Everyone else has moved to a fully boxed version like F150 and Silverado. Maybe next time they can beef it up so owners don't have to paint the back of their cabs when that box keeps bouncing off of it.
        Mack
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        C channel frames are used on most large trucks today. Class 8 trucks use them, don't they? So does the "Built Ford Tough" Super Duty pickup. If the Tundra should "beef it up" by moving to boxed, so should all the heavy and medium duty trucks that handle way more weight than the F150 and Silverado pickups.
        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        The only reason larger trucks don't use boxed frames is for aftermarket equipment that would replace the bed of the truck. Roll backs, tow trucks, box trucks, landscaping chassis, ect... Even though the frames have evolved, most of the mounting points have stayed the same so that equipment doesn't need to be redesigned. But yes, the Toyota frame is absolute crap. I have a couple of friend with Tundra's that bought them on lease when they first came out and almost had to pay for extra wear and tear on turn in due to the bed slapping against the cab am making dents. The sad part is that these were urban cowboys that probably never left the pavement.
      TruthHertz
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL, the dilapidated 7+ year old Titan earns an Acceptable rating and the newish Ram and GM twins can't do the same. Bwahahahahah!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
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          sysadm1n
          • 3 Years Ago
          Actually, The Titan shares architecture with the RAM. http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car/08q3/next-gen_nissan_titan_to_get_most_dodge_ram_attributes-car_news
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        What ever helps you sleep better. Personally, I couldn't care less and would not let this influence my decision if I were in the market for a full sized pick-up truck.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Built Ford Tough.
      r67bennett
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sux that the HONDA RIDGEMOUNTAIN didn't quite fair very well with its rival.
      SheldonRoss
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/Full-Size-Pickup-Trucks/ http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/trucks/112_0907_2009_ford_f150_toyota_tundra_comparison/results.html Apparently a lot of Toyota fans here, but you're smoking something if you think the Tundra is all that. It's not terrible, but the broad expert consensus places it behind the Ram, F150 and Silverado. But keep your Toyota heads in the sand.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      What?? No! I thought all the Domestic fanboys said that Toyotas are unsafe???? Could it be that all that was a bunch of hogwash and that they were full of **** the entire time? Sure looks like it. Good job to Toyota and Ford. Hilarious how Government Motors and Shitzler continue to do poor in safety tests.
      gregmlr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not surprised the GM trucks performed so poorly. The sheet metal on the roof of the Silverado and Sierra is barely thicker than a sheet of aluminum foil.
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