The Ram 1500 Crew Cab and Hyundai Palisade have Top Safety Pick+ awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after the group's latest round of testing. The Ram 1500 is the first pickup in its class to win the TSP+ award under the latest guidelines for the honor.
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The Ram 1500's award specifically applies to trucks with the available front crash prevention system and optional curve-adaptive LED projector headlights with high-beam assist. The build date must be after May 2019 because a previous IIHS test ranks the earlier version as Poor due to excessive glare.
The TSP+ honor also doesn't apply to lesser versions of the Ram because of its headlights. "The Ram 1500's other available headlight options, which include its base halogen reflector headlights and optional LED reflector headlights with and without high-beam assist, all rate marginal," the IIHS writes in its report about the pickup.
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The Hyundai Palisade is the brand's new crossover with seating for up to eight people inside. When equipped with the standard front crash prevention system and optional LED headlights, it's able to earn the TSP+ award. The base halogen headlights have a Marginal score, though.
The IIHS regularly makes the requirements more stringent to earn the Top Safety Pick and TSP+ awards. For 2019, the latest qualifications for a TSP+ are Good ratings in the six crash tests, an Advanced or Superior crash prevention tech rating, and a Good score for the headlights.
Ram 1500, Hyundai Palisade Earn Their First IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Awards
The 2019-20 Ram 1500 crew cab is the first large pickup to earn a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Models equipped with specific headlights built after May 2019 and optional front crash prevention qualify for the award.
The Institute previously released safety ratings for the redesigned Ram 1500, but it didn't qualify for an award at the time because all its available headlights were poor or marginal.
To qualify for a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also needs an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.
The Ram 1500 crew cab earns a good headlight rating for its available curve-adaptive LED projector headlights with high-beam assist for models built after May 2019. Models with the same headlights built earlier earn a poor headlight rating due to excessive glare. The Ram 1500's other available headlight options, which include its base halogen reflector headlights and optional LED reflector headlights with and without high-beam assist, all rate marginal.
The pickup's optional front crash prevention system earns a superior rating in IIHS track tests. It avoided collisions in 12 and 25 mph track tests and has a forward collision warning component that meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s criteria.
2020 Hyundai Palisade is a TOP SAFETY PICK+
The Hyundai Palisade, a new midsize SUV, earns a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with optional LED headlights.
To qualify for a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle has to earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It must also earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and be equipped with good headlights.
The 2020 Palisade, which is built on the same platform as the Kia Telluride, earns good ratings in the six IIHS crashworthiness tests. The standard front crash prevention system earns a superior rating — with an autobrake system that successfully avoided collisions in both the 12 and 25 mph IIHS track tests.
The vehicle earns a good rating for headlights when equipped with optional LED projectors. However, the base halogen headlights are rated marginal, which means models equipped with the base headlights don't qualify for the either the TOP SAFETY PICK+ or the lower-tier TOP SAFETY PICK award. Both headlight options include high-beam assist, a system that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles.