The 2021 Ram 1500 Crew Cab has earned a 2020 Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). According to IIHS, the rating applies to the Crew Cab models that come equipped with the optional Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking technology and adaptive LED projector headlamps with high-beam assist, like the Limited Longhorn and Limited models. This is the very first time a pickup truck has achieved top-honors under the new IIHS testing regimen.
“The Ram 1500’s Top Safety Pick win affirms FCA’s longstanding commitment to robust engineering innovation as a means to serve our customers,” says Mike Koval Jr., Head of Ram Brand. “Such rigor helps us deliver on Ram’s unique combination of ruggedness, utility, and refinement.”
Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking is the latest IIHS requirement need to earn a Top Safety Pick rating. The feature is included in the optional Advanced Safety Group. The Advanced Safety Group adds $1,695 USD to the price of the Ram 1500 and includes the following features…
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
- Lane Keep Assist
- Parallel and Perpendicular Park-Assist with Stop
- Pedestrian Emergency Braking
- Surround-View Camera
Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking builds on the truck’s sensor-fusion Automatic Emergency Braking system. Sensor-fusion combines camera technology with radar sensors to help determine if a frontal impact with another vehicle appears imminent. If, after multiple alerts, the driver does not respond to the risk, the system deploys the vehicle’s brakes to help avoid impact or reduce its severity.
To accommodate Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking, the range of the system’s radar technology is expanded to help identify pedestrians. If a collision appears imminent, the system responds in a manner similar to Automatic Emergency Braking to reduce or eliminate the risk of impact, depending on conditions such as speed and proximity.
The Automatic Emergency Braking earned the highest possible rating of “superior” in IIHS testing of the vehicle-to-vehicle scenario. It is standard equipment on Laramie, Rebel, Limited Longhorn, and Limited trims. The feature is also available on Tradesman and Big Horn/Lone Star trims with the Level 1 Equipment Group package.
The 2021 Ram 1500 Crew Cab also earned the highest possible score in six IIHS crashworthiness tests that included three types of frontal crashes.