Trucks & SUVs

The Ram 1500 Safely Tops the Honda Ridgeline

We found a list of the safest pickup trucks you can buy, and the results may surprise you. The Honda Ridgeline isn’t the safest truck, as to be expected with Honda’s safety reputation. Instead, the Ram 1500 is the safest pickup truck you can buy for 2020. 

The Ram 1500 is the safest pickup truck 

Were proud of the 2020 Ram 1500 for claiming another first-place victory. It remains as a close second place option to the number one selling Ford F-150, which is actually the 5th safest truck on the list provided by MotorTrend. The Honda Ridgeline also landed in second place, according to this list. 

A burgundy Ram 1500 Laramie sits in the curve or a dirt road.
2020 Ram 1500 Laramie | FCA

The 2019 Ram 1500 received a significant redesign inside and out with features that were carried over to the 2020 model. It was a 2019 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) top safety pick award winner too. Meaning it scored a ‘Good’ rating in each crash-test category. 

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However, the 2020 Ram 1500 isn’t an IIHS top safety pick because it lacks pedestrian sensing with its frontal crash warning and prevention technology. Despite losing this award, the 2020 Ram 1500 remains an incredibly safe option. 

The Ram 1500 has patented frame rail construction and a new ladder frame with octagonal sections extensions to thank for advancing its safety. By being mandrel-bent and welded to trailer rolled sheet blanks that are 2 to 3 mm thick, the crumple zones are safely and gradually controlled. Frame extensions also direct impacts to the sturdiest part of the truck. 

Plus, the Ram 1500 scored well with its LED headlights, which is an area that other trucks and SUVs struggle in. 2020 Ram 1500 safety features include blind-spot warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assistance. 

How safe is the Honda Ridgeline? 

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline is a very safe truck. It has a unibody design that enhances it’s safety and is found on various Honda cars and SUVs. The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is also an IIHS top safety pick. However, it lost that title in 2020 due to stricter testing policies. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline towing a boat through sand
2020 Honda Ridgeline

In 2020, the Honda Ridgeline lost its top safety pick title for only scoring ‘Acceptable’ in the small-overlap front passenger-side crash test. However, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline got significant Honda Sensing Safety Updates. 

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline has adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, lane departure warning, road departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and forward-collision warning. Best of all, these features come standard. 

Is the 2020 Ford F-150 safe? 

Yes, the 2020 Ford F-150 is a safe truck. It did make the list of the safest trucks for 2020, after all. What hurts the Ford F-150’s safety ratings is the fact that it scored poorly with its headlights. 

2021 Ford F-150 driving up steep mountain road
2021 Ford F-150 | Ford

The 2020 Ford F-150 still received a ‘Good’ rating in every other test category. It has an aluminum roof cross member and an extra frame cross member to improve its strength during accidents. 

Plus, the 2020 Ford F-150 has tons of safety features including, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, forward collision prevention, lane-keeping assistance, lane-keeping alert, rear-cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, and inflatable rear seatbelts.