Toyota Tundra CrewMax/Double Cab Get So-So IIHS Crash Test Ratings
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released updated crash test ratings for all full-size trucks. For the Toyota Tundra, the results are a bit mixed and there was an interesting finding on the roof strength difference between the two models.
During its testing of both cabs (a first for IIHS), they say the CrewMax and Double Cab returned widely different results. For example, the Double Cab returned an acceptable rating for occupant protection in a small overlap test, while the CrewMax only got a marginal rating in the same test.
Also, Double Cab earned a good rating for occupant protection during a rollover crash while the CrewMax was only rated as acceptable. (figure that one out). The IIHS says this is particularly important since 44 percent of occupant deaths are due to rollover accidents. Plus, this roof strength helps greatly for those occupants who don’t buckle up which the IIHS says pickup truck occupants do more than any other vehicle owner.
All trucks except the F-150 had “moderate to severe intrusion into the driver footwell area” during the small overlap test according to the IIHS.
Interestingly, the Ford F-150 was the top awarded truck by the IIHS and achieved a good rating on all tests. I say interestingly, because Ford caused this whole testing both cabs hubbub when the IIHS found their SuperCab model was discovered to have lacked the “structural countermeasures” which helped the SuperCrew get the top rating in the front small overlap test. Coming back and finishing higher than anyone else is a shot in the arm for the Ford team.
Ram’s 1500 Quad and Crew Cab models performed the worst out of all trucks tested. The IIHS says their dummy’s head, during the small overlap test, would contact the front airbag, but roll around the left side of it as the steering column moved to the right, “allowing the head to approach the intruding windshield pillar.” Uh… Ouch?
The GM trucks fared OK and the IIHS says it plans to test the 2016 Nissan Titan and Honda Ridgeline later this year.
The IIHS small overlap test is not without controversy though. Many automakers have privately and some publicly complained about the test. Automakers contend as they work to meet ever increasing standards, the IIHS moves the bar by creating new tests and/or testing vehicles in different ways. They contend this is unfair and they should get additional warning on the timing of new tests to better comply. The IIHS contends they notified automakers years before the small overlap test became part of their evaluation process.
Ultimately, these tests are a BIG deal. Not only do consumers take them into consideration, but publications like Consumer Reports use them to rank vehicles. Consumers Reports has already said on Twitter they will be adjusting their ratings and we can probably expect others like J.D. Power to follow suit.
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