Ram 1500 and Jeep® Cherokee Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating


The Ram 1500 Crew Cab full-size pickup and the new-for-2019 Jeep® Cherokee midsize SUV have both earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The rating applies to 2020 Ram 1500 pickups and 2019 trucks produced after May of this year, when equipped with adaptive LED projector headlamps that have high-beam assist and Ram’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology, Forward Collision Mitigation.

The 2020 Ram 1500 Crew Cab and certain 2019 Crew Cab models are the first full-size pickups to earn Top Safety Pick+ under current IIHS guidelines.

The Ram 1500 achieved the highest possible ratings in each of the six crashworthiness tests conducted by IIHS. Of the six crashworthiness evaluations, three simulate frontal impacts. And the Ram 1500 recorded “good” results in each, the highest possible rating. Outcomes were the same in the three remaining crashworthiness tests, which inflict damage consistent with a side impact, rear impact and a rollover.

Forward Collision Mitigation in the Ram 1500 earned a “superior” rating from IIHS. The optional feature boasts sensor-fusion technology, which blends camera capability with radar detection to determine when an impact is imminent. The system initially warns the driver to take action to avoid a collision. If the driver does not act in a timely manner, the system may activate the vehicle’s brakes if collision risk remains.

Jeep CherokeeHigh-strength-steel upgrades to the A- and hinge pillars are among the changes contributing to the Cherokee’s Top Safety Pick rating.

The rating applies to 2019 Jeep Cherokees produced after April of this year, when equipped with Jeep brand’s available automatic emergency braking (AEB) technology—Forward Collision Warning-Plus—and LED projector headlamps with optional automatic high-beam control.

These are among more than 80 available safety and security features that carry over to model-year 2020.

High-strength-steel upgrades to the 2019 Jeep Cherokee’s A-pillar and hinge-pillar are among the key engineering changes that contribute to its Top Safety Pick rating. These factor into improved performance in the IIHS small-overlap tests, which simulate certain frontal impacts.

The Jeep Cherokee recorded “good” results, the highest possible crashworthiness rating, in all six crashworthiness tests, three of which simulate frontal impacts. The remaining tests inflict damage consistent with a side impact, rear impact and a rollover.

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