Pickup trucks may have a reputation as safe vehicles due to their high-riding stature, sturdy body-on-frame construction, and beefy bumpers, but according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, perception doesn't always match reality. Of the seven models tested, which included the 2013 Ram 1500, 2012 Nissan Titan, 2013 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2012 Honda Ridgeline, 2013 Toyota Tundra, and 2013 2013 Ford F-150, only the F-150, Tundra and Ridgeline got a "good" rating across the board in the IIHS' tests, which includes front collision with moderate overlap, side impact, rollover, and rear collision tests.

None of the models was tested under the IIHS' new testing protocol, which includes a fifth category, front small overlap. The Ram 1500, Silverado, and Sierra all received a "marginal" rating in the rollover test. All seven models received a "good" rating in the front moderate overlap test, and the Silverado and Sierra showed an improvement in side impact ratings from "poor" on 2007-2009 models to "acceptable" on the 2013 models tested. The 2014 model Silverado and Sierra models are due in showrooms before the end of calendar 2013, and will likely be retested by the IIHS as well as the federal government's National Highway Safety Administration when they go on sale.

Source: IIHS