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These are the safest pickup trucks in the U.S. according to IIHS

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Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates cars, trucks, and SUVs sold in the United States in a number of categories including crashworthiness, crash avoidance and mitigation, and child seat anchors.

In each of those categories, there are subsets of ratings that take a closer look at things like the how the vehicle performs in six different types of crash tests, how well the vehicle's headlights perform, and how easy it is to use the child seat LATCH connections.

Clicking through on each set of ratings will reveal a more detailed look at the types of injuries that were measured, distance illuminated, and location of LATCH connections, among other information. You'll also see a variety of photos from the IIHS crash tests.

If there are no major structural or technical changes to a vehicle from model year to model year, the results carry over.

The ratings below include the most up-to-date information as of February 20, 2020.

Please note, the Jeep Gladiator has not yet been tested by IIHS. Nissan's 2020 Titan has also not yet been tested.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado - Crew Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Good
    • Moderate overlap front: Marginal
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Basic
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado - Extended Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Acceptable
    • Moderate overlap front: Good
    • Side: Acceptable
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Basic
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Acceptable
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado - Regular Cab

IIHS testing of the regular cab version of the Chevrolet Colorado is incomplete. However, they have rated the truck's head restraints and seats as Moderate. Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado - Crew Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Good
    • Moderate overlap front: Marginal
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Superior
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado - Extended Cab

  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Superior
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Ford F-150 - Crew Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Good
    • Moderate overlap front: Good
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Superior
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Standard): Not tested
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Ford F-150 - Extended Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Good
    • Moderate overlap front: Good
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Superior
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Standard): Not tested
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Ford Ranger - Crew Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Good
    • Moderate overlap front: Acceptable
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Marginal
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Standard): Superior
      • Vehicle-to-pedestrian (Standard): Advanced
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 GMC Canyon - Crew Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Good
    • Moderate overlap front: Marginal
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Basic
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 GMC Canyon - Extended Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Acceptable
    • Moderate overlap front: Good
    • Side: Acceptable
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Basic
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Standard): Not available
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Not available
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 - Crew Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Good
    • Moderate overlap front: Marginal
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Superior
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 - Extended Cab

  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Superior
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Classic - Extended Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Moderate overlap front: Marginal
    • Head restraints & seats: Poor
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Honda Ridgeline - Crew Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Good
    • Moderate overlap front: Acceptable
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights (varies by trim level): Good/Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Superior
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Acceptable
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Nissan Frontier - Extended Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Marginal
    • Moderate overlap front: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Acceptable
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle: Not available
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Nissan Frontier - Crew Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Marginal
    • Moderate overlap front: Marginal
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Acceptable
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Poor
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle: Not available
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Ram 1500 - Crew Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Good
    • Moderate overlap front: Good
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights (varies by trim level): Good/Marginal
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Superior
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Ram 1500 - Extended Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Good
    • Moderate overlap front: Good
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Marginal
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Optional): Superior
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Acceptable
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Toyota Tacoma - Extended Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Good
    • Moderate overlap front: Good
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights (varies by trim level): Good/Moderate
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Standard): Superior
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Toyota Tacoma - Crew Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Good
    • Moderate overlap front: Acceptable
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights (varies by trim level): Good/Marginal
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Standard): Superior
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

2020 Toyota Tundra - Extended Cab

  • Crashworthiness
    • Small overlap front: driver-side: Acceptable
    • Moderate overlap front: Good
    • Side: Good
    • Roof strength: Good
    • Head restraints & seats: Good
  • Crash avoidance & mitigation
    • Headlights: Marginal
    • Front crash prevention
      • Vehicle-to-vehicle (Standard): Superior
  • Child seat anchors
    • LATCH ease of use: Marginal
Click here to see the full ratings.

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NXP Semiconductors has two chip plants in Texas that were effected by Winter Storm Uri.

Photo courtesy of NXP Semiconductors N.V.

The effects of Winter Storm Uri are still being felt across Texas and it's impacting the auto industry. Reporting by Reuters tells that chipmakers, like Samsung Electronics, are still weeks away from resuming normal operations in Texas.

Traditionally, this sort of production slowdown wouldn't much impact the industry. There would typically be enough dealership and inventory and automaker back stock to make up for many, if not all of the shortages for a short period of time. However, COVID-19 has put a strain on the chipmaking industry and is already slowing production, limiting sales, and hurting automaker bottom lines.

There's also been increased demand for semiconductor chips as sales of laptops, gaming consoles, and other entertainment and exercise equipment soared as coronavirus-related lockdowns changed lifestyles globally.

Ford and General Motors have both said that their 2021 sales and profits will be hit hard by the shortage. Additional analysis by Reuters says that Toyota has enough inventory to last four months while Hyundai and Kia, which share common ownership, purchased a stockpile of chips when production was going full steam in late December and are thus far unaffected.

Samsung and NXP Semiconductors shut their factories in Texas last month when Winter Storm Uri took hold. Like Lone Star State households, Texas businesses lost access to electricity, natural gas, and water.

Samsung's logic chip plant is located in Austin. It began operating 2017 and makes chips using Samsung's 14-nanometer, 28-nm and 32-nm chip production technologies. The facility is Samsung's biggest logic chip production facility outside of South Korea, where the company is headquartered. The company also has a NAND flash chip facility in Austin.

NXP's plants are also in Austin where the company has its corporate headquarters. While there are nine other NXP offices in the U.S., there are no other manufacturing sites.

Edward Latson, CEO of the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association, told Reuters that chipmakers now have the power, water and gas they need to operate, but they need time to restart tools and clean the factories. He characterized the process as being slow and "very expensive".

The one month of lost production is most likely to hit automakers hardest five months down the road, in the third quarter.

Many analysts had been predicting an uptick in new vehicle sales for 2021 after car sales rallied in the fourth quarter of 2020. However, these chip shortages are deeply impacting those sales predictions.

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The Michelin VISION tire is the tire of the future for the company

Photo courtesy of Michelin

Sustainability is in focus for most of the world's automakers. Making cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans that pollute the Earth less than their predecessors is their focus alongside emerging safety and driver assistance technology. Others in the auto industry supply chain are also looking to become more sustainable, including Michelin.

The tire company has announced that by 2050, Michelin tires will be made entirely from renewable, recycled, bio sourced, and otherwise sustainable materials. Today, nearly 30 percent of the materials used in manufacturing Michelin Group tires is are sustainable.

A study released last year, Emissions Analytics, an independent global testing and data company that studies real-world emissions and fuel efficiency for passenger and commercial vehicles, found that pollution from tire wear can be 1,000 times worse than what comes out of a vehicle's exhaust pipe. Unlike exhaust pollution, tire and brake pollution is mostly unregulated.

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In 2017, Michelin introduced the VISION tire, a concept that is airless, connected, rechargeable, and entirely sustainable. Since then, the company has invested in recycling efforts, buying up rubber pellet recyclers in the State of Georgia and in Spain.

The current lineup of Michelin tires consists of products that contain more than 200 ingredients each. The main part of the equation is natural rubber, which is harvested from rubber trees via a process that requires tapping a tree much in the same way that maple syrup comes from maple trees. Rubber trees traditionally need to be at least six years old before they are harvested.

Other materials in Michelin tires include synthetic rubber, metal, fibers, and components that are designed to strengthen the tire's structure like carbon black, silica, and plasticizers.

In a statement, a spokesperson fro Michelin said, "Michelin's maturity in materials technology stems from the strength of its R&D capabilities, which are supported by 6,000 people working in seven research and development centers around the world and mastering 350 areas of expertise. The commitment of these engineers, researchers, chemists and developers has led to the filing of 10,000 patents covering tyre design and manufacturing. They work hard every day to find the recipes that will improve tyre safety, durability, ride and other performance features, while helping to make them 100-percent sustainable by 2050."

Michelin has partnered with a number of companies to create materials of the future. Axens and IFP Energies Nouvelles, the two companies that are spearheading the BioButterfly project, have been working with Michelin since 2019 on producing bio-sourced butadiene to replace petroleum-based butadiene. Using the biomass from wood, rice husks, leaves, corn stalk, and other plant waste, 4.2 million tons of wood chips could be incorporated into Michelin tires every year with the materials replacement.

A partnership between Michelin and Pyroware can produce recycled styrene from plastics found in packaging. Styrene is used to produce synthetic rubber. Eventually, tens of thousands of tonnes of polystyrene waste could be recycled back into its original products as well as into Michelin tires every year.

Additionally, Michelin will launch the construction of its first tire recycling plant in the world with Encivo, a Swedish company that has developed a patented technology to recover carbon black, pyrolysis oil, steel, gas and other new, high-quality reusable materials from end-of-life tires.

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