There’s a pretty common stereotype that if it’s an American-built pickup, it’s nice and strong. Not only is it built to last, but it’s built to withstand any major accidents and safely protect its occupants.
But stereotypes wouldn’t be stereotypes if they weren’t largely untrue. Which is the case here with the RAM 1500, heading up the list of the most dangerous cars in America thanks to poor IIHS safety ratings, Consumer Reports ratings, crash safety ratings from NHTSA, and JD Power’s overall Initial Quality report.
24/7 Wall St. analyzed data based on the above sources in order to compile seven of the most dangerous cars in America, and despite selling well, the pickup has bad ratings on its side-marginal and rollover-marginal crash tests, while receiving a pitiful 2 out of 5 from JD Power’s Initial Quality report. It also received a ‘poor’ rating in protecting heads and left legs in a frontal offset test from 1998-2001; though it has improved to ‘good’ in more recent years.
Coming in second place was the Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab, third was the Mazda CX-7. Fourth, the CX-9, while fifth was the Pathfinder from Nissan. Rounding off the final two spots was the Jeep Wrangler in sixth and the Suzuki SX4 in seventh.
Surprised that the vehicles on the list have consistent quality issues and poor safety scores? So are we, especially considering how popular many of them are and how many we see on the road.
[Source: 24/7 Wall St]