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2015 Ram HD

"The most important point of our study is that vehicle weight and price have a positive relationship with vehicle safety," according to Dietrich Jehle, MD, professor of emergency medicine in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

In other words, cars that you think are safe – regardless of their safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety –may not really be all that safe, if the findings of Jehle's study are accurate.

“Neither media advertising nor the five-star safety ratings accurately reflect the level of danger or lack of danger in vehicles," he adds. Why, you ask?

“When smaller cars hit a larger, moving vehicle, that change in velocity can force the smaller car to go into reverse, resulting in far more serious injuries to driver and passenger.” In this case, smaller vehicles would include any number of popular compact sedans, such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

So, which vehicles are the safest, according to Jehle's research? Click on the image above to find out.

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2015 Ram Heavy Duty

Sticker Price: $30,985 - $55,820
Fuel Economy: N/A

With its standard Hemi V8 engine and optional Cummins turbo diesel, the 2015 Ram Heavy Duty is one of the biggest, baddest vehicles on the planet... assuming what you really need to do is tow the heaviest loads or haul the most stuff.

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2015 GMC Sierra

Sticker Price: $26,670 - $53,115
Fuel Economy: 18 City / 24 Hwy

The GMC Sierra is a somewhat more upscale version of GM's latest fullsize pickup truck platform, and it offers everything the discerning truck buyer in America could want.

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2015 Ford F-150

Sticker Price: $25,420 - $54,680
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway

The all new and redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 is a revolutionary step forward in the full-size pickup truck market. The F-150 has set itself apart from the competition by rethinking the entire segment and offering an all-aluminum body on all of its models to reduce the curb weight while maintaining both the payload and the towing values. The all-aluminum body and pickup box shaves up to 700 lb. from the curb weight and the availability of four efficient gasoline engines paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission provides remarkable fuel economy.

The F-150 is available with three cab styles (regular, super and crew) with either a 4x2 or 4x4 drive train and three pickup box lengths. Five distinct trims are offered depending on the cab style and they include the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum, but all of these trims are further enhanced by optional equipment packages. The exterior of the F-150 presents a more aggressive appearance with the arrangement of the bold grille and headlight configuration. The new exterior pays homage to the rugged Atlas concept vehicle. The four engine choices available on the F-150 include a 283-hp 3.5-liter flex-fuel V6, a 325-hp 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, a 365-hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and a 385-hp 5.0-liter flex-fuel V8. The new 2.7-liter engine includes stop/start technology and active grill shutters are available with all engine choices to further improve fuel economy. New features that are available on the various F-150 models include Active Park Assist, Blind Spot and Cross-Traffic Alert, adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation, inflatable rear safety belts, stowable loading ramps, LED headlights and pickup box lights, a revised tailgate step, a remote tailgate release and a twin panel moonroof on the SuperCrews.

For 2015, the Ford F-150 has introduced a new pickup truck that incorporates the exclusive use of military grade aluminum for the entire cab and pickup box while still utilizing a steel frame for strength and rigidity. This innovation with the introduction of fuel efficient power trains has allowed the new F-150 to improve its fuel economy while retaining its impressive payload and towing values.

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2015 GMC Sierra HD

Sticker Price: $33,195 - $56,200
Fuel Economy: N/A

Redesigned for 2015, the GMC Sierra 2500HD's bold new exterior houses a choice of gas or bi-fuel (gasoline and CNG) 6.0-liter V8 or Duramax 6.6-liter diesel engines, a fully updated cabin with available IntelliLink connectivity and other features designed for the most discerning truck owners.

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2015 Land Rover Range Rover

Sticker Price: $83,495 - $186,495
Fuel Economy: 17 City / 23 Hwy

The Land Rover Range Rover the most prestigious offering from the British brand, a luxury sport utility vehicle with a long history of quality craftsmanship and legendary "go anywhere" off-road prowess.

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2015 Chevy Silverado

Sticker Price: $26,105 - $51,150
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway

The 2015 Chevy Silverado is big, bold and, now, more fuel efficient. This truck can handle almost anything you can throw at it, making it a great choice whether you're hauling families or hauling trailers. The Silverado is available with one of three all-new EcoTec3 engines, a fully updated cabin with available MyLink connectivity and other features designed for the most discerning truck owners. Other new features include available front Park Assist, in addition to the rear Park Assist already available, and a sliding rear window with a defroster.

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2015 Land Rover LR4

Sticker Price: $50,400
Fuel Economy: 15 City / 19 Hwy

The LR4 is Land Rover's versatile mid-size SUV. It combines responsive on-road performance with go-anywhere off-road capability in a single rugged vehicle that still retains typical Land Rover levels of comfort and luxury.

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2015 Ford Super Duty

Sticker Price: $32,705 - $51,765
Fuel Economy: N/A

The F-350 is Ford's Super Duty full-sized single rear-wheel (SRW) or dual rear-wheel (DRW) truck. The F-350 manages to mix innovation, comfort, and style into a competitive vehicle that has impressive torque ratings, towing capacities, and payloads.

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2015 Volvo XC60

Sticker Price: $35,750 - $49,800
Fuel Economy: 24 City / 31 Hwy

The XC60 is a premium crossover from Volvo. Comfortable and practical, the XC60 may be the safest vehicle Volvo has ever built. It includes many safety features, and paired with its good looks and dynamic styling makes it immediately recognizable as a Volvo.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne

Sticker Price: $61,700 - $113,600
Fuel Economy: 20 City / 29 Hwy

The Porsche Cayenne combines legendary Porsche sports car performance with convenient SUV utility and all-condition capability.

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