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Small pickups struggle in new crash test
June 20, 2023

The rating criteria for the updated moderate overlap front test were adjusted in 2024 to better account for variations in the position of the rear shoulder belt. The ratings provided in this news release reflect the methodology that IIHS used at the time of publication. Under the new methodology, the Nissan Frontier’s overall rating is good instead of acceptable, the Ford Ranger is poor instead of marginal, and the Chevrolet Colorado and Jeep Gladiator are marginal instead of poor. The Toyota Tacoma’s restraints and kinematics rating has changed, but its overall rating has not. Up-to-date ratings using the current criteria can be found in the vehicle ratings section of our website. The news release can be viewed at

None of the five small crew cab pickups IIHS tested earns a good rating in the updated moderate overlap front crash test, which now includes a second dummy positioned in the rear seat behind the driver.