2016 Ram 1500

large pickup / Extended cab pickup

2016 Ram 1500 Extended cab pickup

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Not available

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2015-18 models built after July 2015

Tested vehicle: 2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab 2wd

The Dodge Ram 1500 Quad 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.)

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Extensive intrusion of the door hinge pillar, parking brake pedal (indicated), and instrument panel contributed to a high risk of injuries to the left foot and right lower leg.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2013-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Ram 1500 ST Quad Cab 2wd
The Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab was redesigned for the 2009 model year. The make name "Dodge" was officially changed to "Ram" beginning with the 2013 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the moderate overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Forces on the left foot were just high enough to indicate the possibility of injuries.

Side

Rating applies to 2013-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad cab 2wd

The Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab was redesigned for the 2009 model year. 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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2013-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab 2wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 5,120 lbs
Peak force 16,255 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.17

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2013-18 models

Seat type: Power cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Headlights

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available on 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
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating

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.

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

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.

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

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 headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-18 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Tradesman Quad 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
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
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

How child seat anchors are evaluated