RAM 1500 Tops List of Most Dangerous Cars in America

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Dr Why Dr Why on Aug 29, 2013

    "But stereotypes wouldnt be stereotypes if they werent largely untrue" You are wrong. Stereotypes come from observation. There may be slight deviations, but for the most part stereotypes are the truest things in the world, because they are not "just made up"; they are what is evident to most people by actual experience.

  • Jason Jason on Aug 15, 2014

    Yes I agree the OLDER models performed poorly as it states 1998-2001. So by placing a pic of the newer (2009 and up) model and calling it the worst, you are seriously wrong for that! The newer models perform tremendously better. Way to go on potentially misleading people away from what is a very awesome pick up.