New Pick-Up Truck Crash Test Videos! “Full-sized pickup trucks are marketed as tough machines, though new tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that crash-test protection varies widely. The latest IIHS test data reveal side-impact protection is Marginal or Poor for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Dodge Ram 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Nissan Titan.” [Consumer Reports] [Videos]

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  1. MalcoveMagnesia says:

    Have they tried a test where they’ve added 2 x 4 boards to the front and rear ends, like some Southern-state truck owners might be inclined to do?

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      @MalcoveMagnesia: Or add 200 pounds of bricks or wood planks to the back and watch physics in action. As much as I’d hate to be in a serious car accident, I can’t imagine being in one with an unpredictable heavy load in the bed of a pickup, ready to crash through the back of the cab during sudden deceleration. Yaaay.

  2. SybilDisobedience says:

    Can’t speak for the new models, but I’ll vouch for the 1998 Ranger XLT. Totaled mine on the freeway two weeks ago and walked away without a scratch. (We had black ice on the roads here.)

  3. jaydez says:

    I wonder if Chevy will use this in the news ads about how their trucks are more manly because they allow men to feel real pain.