Given their high center of gravity and the questionable driving abilities of some people, pickup trucks are more often likely to end on their roof than cars and some crossovers. As a result, having a truck that scores high in roof strength tests would seem to be a bonus right?
Well, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, out of the current crop of 1/2 ton full-size offerings, the Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra have the best chance of protecting their occupants in the event of a rollover.
During a test conducted by the institute, where a large plate of steel is pressed against the corner of the roof, the Tundra was able to support 4.5 times its own weight; the F-150 4.7 times. According to the IIHS a vehicle must be able to survive the equivalent of up to four times its weight in pressure, in order to qualify for a ‘good’ rating.
Of the other full-size pickups tested; Nissan’s Titan earned an ‘acceptable’ rating, while the GM twins, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, plus the Ram 1500, netted just ‘marginal’ ratings.