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Nissan Frontier tops latest round of IIHS crash tests, Chevrolet Colorado hits bottom

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IIHS compact pickup crash tests - Click above for high-res image gallery

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested five compact pickup trucks for both rollover and side impact crashes, and overall, it would seem that the trucks' performances were pretty dismal. Only the Nissan Frontier was given a 'Good' rating from the IIHS for rollover protection, with the Ford Ranger falling to second place with an 'Acceptable' rating and the Chevrolet Colorado, Dodge Dakota and Toyota Tacoma earning lowly 'Marginal' scores.

Side impact scores also failed to live up to expectations for some trucks, with the Frontier, Ranger and Tacoma getting 'Good' ratings and the Colorado getting the lowest 'Poor' rating. Equally as disturbing, though, was the performance of the Dakota, which was tested with optional side air bags (all the other trucks come standard with the bags) that failed to deploy in IIHS testing. Chrysler has reportedly identified the software glitch that caused the air bags not to deploy and is working on a fix. The Dakota will be retested with properly functional air bags at a later date.

See the results of the testing in our image gallery below and click past the break for the official press release from the IIHS.



[source: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety]

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Frontier: Impressive

Colorado: Scary

Ranger: Amazing that despite being the oldest it did above average for the group.

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Dakota: Scariest

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Well in the sense that the airbags failed to deploy and they need to fix the software bug yes, in terms of roof strength it ranked mid pack, ahead of the Tacoma and Colorado (which fared worst).

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Wow, the Datsun roof looks barely touched compared to the Chevy.:o

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Wow, the Datsun roof looks barely touched compared to the Chevy.:o

Yeah, at first I thought it was a before picture, then I noticed the windshield.

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Frontier: Impressive

Colorado: Scary

Ranger: Amazing that despite being the oldest it did above average for the group.

Kudos to Ford for making continual safety improvements along the way, even though the Ranger is about to retire...

For 2010, they added ESC with Roll Stability Control as standard, as well as side airbags (previously unavailable). The 1999-on Ranger had a surprisingly decent structure ("acceptable") in the side crash test; all it needed were some airbags to cushion the blow. Its overall side rating improved from "marginal" to "good."

Similarly, they made improvements to the seats and head restraints, which improved rear test performance from "poor" to "good" on the 2010 model.

2009 Ranger

Front: Acceptable

Side: Marginal

Rear: Poor

Roof: Acceptable

ESC: N/A

2010 Ranger

Front: Acceptable

Side: Good

Rear: Good

Roof: Acceptable

ESC: YES

Its "acceptable" roof performance is also due to its relatively low weight. Its roof strength of 12,219 lbs is on par with the Dakota and Tacoma, but because of its low curb weight, it's strength-to-weight ratio is better.

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A hell of a lot of good the side curtain airbags do in the Colorado. Just stick your head out of the window. Same difference.

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A hell of a lot of good the side curtain airbags do in the Colorado. Just stick your head out of the window. Same difference.

Yeah, but the side curtain airbags in the Colorado and Canyon don't have rollover sensors; they're for side impacts.

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Finally some real proof that trucks are not safer than passenger cars! Hopefully, this will help move people away from buying trucks as daily commuter vehicles.

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The guy in the Frontier walked away. The guy in the Colorado was dragged off in a black bag.

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Kudos to Ford for making continual safety improvements along the way, even though the Ranger is about to retire...

Agreed. The Ranger is old as dirt, but at least it isn't horrible to, well, royally eff up in. It's ratings are the real story here outside of the Colorado's nightmarish rollover performance.

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Yeah, but the side curtain airbags in the Colorado and Canyon don't have rollover sensors; they're for side impacts.

This picture is from the side impact test. You can see the paint from the dummy on the outside of the door frame.

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So are the roof pillars made from recycled pop cans on the Colorado? Weak.

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So are the roof pillars made from recycled pop cans on the Colorado? Weak.

Looks more like it was made from recycled 80's Camrys.

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There is one bit of good news in this for GM, the headliner in the Colorado isn't sagging.

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The Colorado joins GM's unfortunate group of 'unsafe in any accident' vehicles along w/ the S10 Blazer and Astro/Safari, and Venture...(t she crash test videos for all of those were pretty scary). GM really needs to study Volvos.

Looking at the interior pic, what the heck is the headliner of the Colorado made out of? Looks like styrofoam from take out food boxes. I thought the Colorado was pretty cheap and nasty, but this is ridiculous.

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The guy in the Frontier walked away. The guy in the Colorado was dragged off in a black bag.

are we sure it wasn't a suzuki equator

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