The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has finally performed crash tests on the completely redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, and it’s looking pretty good for Ram. Compared to the previous 2018 model year, the new generation truck makes a significant leap in crash performance with the Crew Cab model scoring a “Good” rating in all six crash categories.
The 2018 Ram 1500 model received “Good” ratings in the moderate front overlap test, side test, and the head restraint and seat test, yet received “Marginal” scores in the roof strength test. The previous year model also did not have driver-assistance/crash prevention systems like adaptive cruise control or lane keep assist. The old model also ranked “Marginal” in the driver-side small overlap test, which replicates what can happen when the front left corner of a car hits a tree or pole at 40 mph. Furthermore, the previous model was not rated in the passenger-side small overlap test.
Despite the previous model years “Marginal” scores, the all-new fifth generation truck received all green marks across the board, aside from the headlights and child LATCH system, and thanks to new technology, the 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab earned a “Superior” rating in front crash prevention. In addition to having great crash test results, the Ram 1500 Crew Cab was also able to completely avoid a collision in a low-speed auto brake test from 12 mph, as well as a high-speed auto brake test from 25 mph – thanks to its optional forward collision prevention technology. Contrary to the 2018 model, the 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab model interior cabin, specifically the A-pillar area that runs up on either side of the windshield, can withstand a lot more of the crushing load applied during a compression or crushing test and earned a “Good” rating as a result. Moreover, it can handle up to 4.24 times the truck’s curb weight.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab model also shined bright in receiving a “Good” rating in one of the most challenging assessments performed, the small overlap front and roof strength test. The driver and passenger side small overlap front ratings, according to the IIHS, are based on a 40 mph crash test in which 25 percent of the vehicle’s width on the left and right side strikes a rigid barrier. Also, the roof strength rating is determined on a test in which a metal plate is pushed against one side of the vehicle’s roof at a slow, constant speed.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab model fell short, unfortunately, in regards to the “Marginal” headlight score which prevented the truck from being named a Top Safety Pick. According to IIHS, vehicles need an “Acceptable” or “Good” rating in this category to remain eligible for the award. For those consumers interested in more visibility while on the road, Ram offers an optional Premium LED Lighting Group Package. Keep in mind that the collision prevention and headlight ratings also apply to the Ram 1500 Quad Cab, but that the crash ratings do not. More than likely, the IIHS will assess the 2019 Quad Cap option in the future. Test drive the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 today at the Miami Lakes AutoMall. For more information on our entire new car inventory selection, stop by our location in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website.