2019 Ram 1500 performs properly in crash checks however misses IIHS High Security Choose
The impartial security physique mentioned the brand new Ram 1500 is way improved over the earlier mannequin on the subject of crash integrity on Thursday. The pickup earned “Good” scores in all six crash checks. Ram’s earlier Ram mannequin obtained “Marginal” scores within the driver-side small overlap entrance check and the roof energy check. The elective computerized emergency braking system earned a “Superior” ranking.
Nonetheless, the “Good” scores within the small-overlap entrance check solely apply to the 2019 Ram 1500 fashions constructed after July when the model improved the cab mounts within the truck’s body.
Final 12 months, the Ram 1500 was one of many worst performers within the roof-strength check. The check entails pushing a steel plate in opposition to the car’s roof at a sluggish velocity; whereas most new automobiles earn a “Good” ranking, the earlier Ram 1500 solely obtained a “Marginal” ranking. This 12 months, the 2019 Ram 1500 earned a “Good” ranking.
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The IIHS lauded the elective computerized emergency braking system. In checks, the massive pickup prevented a crash at speeds between 12 mph and 25 mph.
Regardless of the enhancements, the full-size pickup’s headlights have been the truck’s downfall. A “Marginal” headlight ranking stored the Ram 1500 away from a coveted High Security Choose. Both an “Acceptable” or “Good” ranking nets the highest accolade. Many new automobiles miss out on the award as a result of their headlights.
That might quickly change, although. The NHTSA submitted adjustments to present laws final month to permit brighter self-dimming headlights on U.S. roads. The change in laws will permit automakers to suit automobiles with extra superior matrix LED methods, as many already do in Europe. The headlights default to the high-beam setting, however dim particular parts to maintain from blinding different motorists and pedestrians.