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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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The new Tiguan sports an all-new front-end design.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is an interesting compact SUV with a fun-to-drive personality and plenty of style. After 14 years on sale, the Tiguan is just in its second generation, but VW has given it a significant update for the 2022 model year that brings new tech, updated styling, and a refreshed interior.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The rear has been massaged with new badging and standard LED taillights. Volkswagen

The restyled Tiguan is available in four trim levels: S, SE, and SE R-Line Black. All models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, but VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive can be optioned in.

Styling updates are the big story for the 2022 Tiguan. The front end is entirely new and carries design cues from the larger Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. LED headlights are now standard, and an illuminated light line is available for the SUV's grille. On the rear liftgate, the Tiguan model name lettering also mirrors that of the Atlas, with the name spelled out underneath the VW logo.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Most trims get an 8-inch touchscreen.Volkswagen

Inside, the Tiguan now comes standard with heated seats, while a heated steering wheel and ventilated seats are available. Cloth upholstery is standard, while mid-range trims get leatherette. The top SEL R-Line comes with leather and a perforated leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. Front-wheel drive models come standard with three rows of seating as well, making the Tiguan one of the more family-friendly vehicles in its class.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The top trim gets upscale leather upholstery.Volkswagen

The base Tiguan S comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen running Volkswagen's excellent MIB 2 software, but all others get MIB 3 infotainment software running on a glass-covered 8.0-inch touchscreen. The automaker notes that it's a capacitive touch system, which functions more like a smartphone than other infotainment systems, which sometimes require pressure to register a touch input. All Tiguans get a digital gauge cluster with an 8-inch display, while the top SEL R-Line upgrades to a 10.25-inch configurable gauge cluster that offers full-screen navigation and other views.

Pricing for the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at $25,995 for the base S trim with front-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the prices to $27,495. All Tiguan models will see a $1,195 destination charge tacked on at the bottom line.

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U.S. roadway fatalities up in 2021

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just released its estimates on traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2021 and the numbers aren't promising. In the first quarter of this year alone, 8,730 people died in motor vehicle crashes. Last year's cumulative numbers weren't much better, coming in higher than any year since 2007.


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The grim statistics represent a 10.5 percent increase from the same time period last year, a time when we were already marveling at the numbers. Further data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) indicate that the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) decreased by 2.1 percent, which makes the increase in fatalities all the more striking a statistic. Initial projections pegged the number of fatalities per 100 million VMT at 1.12, but it instead climbed to 1.26 fatalities per 100 million VMT.

Regionally, most areas in the United Statessaw an increase, though two did not. The Midwest region, which includes Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas did not change, while the mid-east coast states of North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and West Virginia actually saw a six percent decline in fatality counts.


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What's behind all of this? Last year, the NHTSA reported that, with fewer people on the roads, those that were driving were engaging in risky behavior. What's more, Automotive News reports, that the number of deaths involving people not wearing seatbelts increased 15 percent last year and speeding deaths climbed 10 percent.

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