2019-20 Ram 1500 earns good headlight rating and Top Safety Pick+

September 10, 2019

The 2019-20 Ram 1500 crew cab is the first large pickup to earn a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Models equipped with specific headlights built after May 2019 and optional front crash prevention qualify for the award.

The Institute previously released safety ratings for the redesigned Ram 1500, but it didn't qualify for an award at the time because all its available headlights were poor or marginal.

To qualify for a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also needs an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.

The Ram 1500 crew cab earns a good headlight rating for its available curve-adaptive LED projector headlights with high-beam assist for models built after May 2019. Models with the same headlights built earlier earn a poor headlight rating due to excessive glare. The Ram 1500's other available headlight options, which include its base halogen reflector headlights and optional LED reflector headlights with and without high-beam assist, all rate marginal.

The pickup's optional front crash prevention system earns a superior rating in IIHS track tests. It avoided collisions in 12 and 25 mph track tests and has a forward collision warning component that meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s criteria.

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