Ram 1500 retains 4-star NHTSA safety rating

The 2016 Ram 1500 pickup has received a four-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — one star less than competitive pickups at General Motors and Ford.

Ram pickups are Fiat Chrysler’s top-selling vehicles in the U.S. The 1500 earned a top-level five-star safety rating in the agency’s side-impact crash testing, but it earned four of five stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests, according to the agency’s website, Safercar.gov.

Compared with the 2015 Ram 1500, the 2016 model’s rollover safety rating improved from three to four stars, but other ratings were unchanged. The 2015 Ram 1500 received an overall four-star rating as well.

Both of Ram’s two major pickup competitors, the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado, earned five-star overall safety ratings from NHTSA. Like the Ram 1500, both the F-150 and Silverado received four-star ratings in the agency’s rollover testing.

The Ram 1500 is the oldest of the Detroit 3’s pickups, having been re-engineered for the 2013 model year.

You can reach Larry P. Vellequette at lvellequette@crain.com.


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