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2017 Ram 1500

Large pickup
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    M
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    M
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Headlights
M
only certain
trims

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
M


Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2017
M
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2016
M
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
M
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Applies to 2015-17 models built after July 2015

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
P
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
P
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab was redesigned for the 2009 model year. The make name "Dodge" was officially changed to "Ram" beginning with the 2013 model year.

Beginning with 2015 models built after July 2015, structural changes were made to alter front wheel movement during small overlap frontal crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Structure

The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 40 cm at the footrest and parking brake pedal. Upper interior intrusion measured as much as 39 cm at the upper hinge pillar and 34 cm at the instrument panel. The steering column was pushed back 27 cm toward the driver dummy.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was reasonably well controlled. The dummy’s face remained in contact with the frontal airbag, but its head still rolled around the left side as the steering column moved 13 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2015 Ram 1500 SLT Lone Star Crew Cab 2wd
Weight 5,276 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 141 in.
Length 229 in.
Width 79 in.
Engine 5.7 L V8
EPA ratings 15 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1544
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 39
Footrest (cm) 40
Left toepan (cm) 37
Brake pedal (cm) 30
Parking brake (cm) 40
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 6
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 27
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 39
Upper dash (cm) 34
Lower instrument panel (cm) 27

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1544
Head
HIC-15 139
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Femur (kN)
Left 4.6
Right 1.8
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 6
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 2
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 1.33
Right 0.59
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.1
Right 2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 146
Right 114

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Chrysler as part of frontal crash test verification. The make name "Dodge" was officially changed to "Ram" beginning with the 2013 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 ST Crew Cab 2wd
Weight 5,090 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase 140 in.
Length 228 in.
Width 79 in.
Engine 4.7 L V8
EPA ratings 14 mpg city / 19 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0815
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 11
Left (cm) 9
Center (cm) 7
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) -1
Right (cm) -1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0815
Head
HIC-15 131
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 42
Maximum Nij 0.47
Chest maximum compression (mm) 36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.3
Femur force - right (kN) 0.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.29
Maximum tibia index - right 0.26
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 66
Right 95

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
A
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Beginning with 2009 models manufactured after September 2008, the front door trim panels were modified to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes.

Beginning with 2012 models manufactured after January 2012, side airbags designed to protect drivers' and front passengers' torsos were added to the side curtain airbags previously included. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

The make name "Dodge" was officially changed to "Ram" beginning with the 2013 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The side curtain airbag deployed on the wrong side of the dummy's head, before the head had begun to move outward toward the rear passenger door. As a result, the head was hit by the pillar behind the door. This pillar is required by federal standard to provide some protection for occupants' heads. (The window glass, which remained intact during the crash, and the unpadded steel window frame were pulled away from the occupant compartment and did not hit the dummy's head.)

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Ram 1500 ST Crew Cab 2wd
Weight 5,330 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 141 in.
Length 229 in.
Width 79 in.
Engine 5.7 L V8
EPA ratings 14 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1601
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-14.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1601
Head HIC-15 102
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 24
Lateral force (kN) 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 44
Average deflection (mm) 38
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.64
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.65
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.8
Combined force (kN) 2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.2
L-M moment (Nm) 28
A-P moment (Nm) 24

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1601
Head HIC-15 181
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 16
Lateral force (kN) 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 39
Average deflection (mm) 28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.75
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.62
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 70
A-P moment (Nm) -69

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
M
Curb weight 5,186 lbs
Peak force 15,412 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 2.97
Tested vehicle
Rating applies only to Crew Cab models.
2011 Dodge Ram 1500 ST Crew Cab 2wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 61
Distance below top of head (mm) 37
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 8.6
Head contact time (ms) 74
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 21
Max neck tension (N) 527

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • Tradesmen trim
  • Express trim
  • Lone Star trim
  • Big Horn trim
  • Tradesmen HFE trim
  • Outdoorsman trim
  • SLT trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left and gradual right curves and inadequate on the sharp left and sharp right curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Sport trim equipped with Convience Group package
  • Laramie trim equipped with Convience Group package
  • Laramie Longhorn trim equipped with Convience Group package
  • Limited trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? Yes
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left curve and inadequate on the sharp left and both right curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on both left curves and on both right curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Sport trim
  • Laramie trim
  • Rebel trim
  • Laramie Longhorn trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left curve and inadequate on the sharp left and both right curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Tradesmen trim
  • Express trim
  • Lone Star trim
  • Big Horn trim
  • Tradesmen HFE trim
  • Outdoorsman trim
  • SLT trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
M
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 77.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 55.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 48.1 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 48.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 39.5 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 40.1 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 144.6 m
Straightaway left edge 136.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.2 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 68.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.3 m

Trim level(s)
  • Sport trim equipped with Convience Group package
  • Laramie trim equipped with Convience Group package
  • Laramie Longhorn trim equipped with Convience Group package
  • Limited trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 102.5 m 82.3 %
Straightaway left edge 63.2 m 82.3 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 49.7 m 77.5 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 48.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 39.4 m 111.3 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 38.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 144.8 m
Straightaway left edge 128.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 61.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 65.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 46.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 47.9 m

Trim level(s)
  • Sport trim
  • Laramie trim
  • Rebel trim
  • Laramie Longhorn trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 102.5 m 82.3 %
Straightaway left edge 63.2 m 82.3 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 49.7 m 77.5 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 48.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 39.4 m 111.3 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 38.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 144.8 m
Straightaway left edge 128.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 61.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 65.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 46.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 47.9 m

Applies to 2014-17 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

M
Vehicle trim ST Crew Cab
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 26
Clearance angle (degrees) 67
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 15
Clearance angle (degrees) 71
Tether anchor
Location Back wall
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Back wall
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 10
Clearance angle (degrees) 83
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 24
Clearance angle (degrees) 77
Tether anchor
Location Back wall
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (beginning with 2012 models built after January 2012)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover (beginning with 2015 models)
3
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights (optional on fleet vehicles only)

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