The Ford Ranger’s IIHS evaluations are in, along with a bunch of great crash test footage to see how this mid-size pickup crumbles.
Sadly, the Ford Ranger did not achieve a high enough rating to earn the coveted Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Two marginal ratings in both headlights and the small overlap front passenger-side tests resulted in the Ranger’s disqualification for the top award.
However, the rest of the Ranger’s scores were considered “Good” (which is the highest rating you can get from the IIHS). Those include crash tests in the small overlap front driver side, moderate overlap front, side-impact, roof strength, and head restraints & seats. Only the small overlap front passenger-side test resulted in a marginal rating.
In fact, the only thing keeping the Ranger from achieving a higher rating was damage to the dummy's lower leg and food. "Forces on the right lower leg were sufficiently high to indicate a significant risk of injury," wrote the IIHS in their testing. Other than that, crumple space prevented the cabin from being crushed and curtain airbags kept the occupants safe during the crash tests.
The Ranger's LED projector headlights were also rated marginal as the non-adaptive high beams offered poor visibility around corners and also didn't quite project out to a range the IIHS deems sufficient.
Standard pre-collision assistance and automatic emergency braking on the Ranger gave it a Superior rating in front crash prevention, but unfortunately, it's not enough to bump the Ranger up to Top Safety Pick status.
Passenger side front overlap testing only started in 2017, which found that most modern pickups only get marginal ratings. The IIHS previously explained this as simply a design oversight that was discovered once testing revealed it.
So far, the only pickups to rate Top Safety Pick from the IIHS are the 2019 Ford F-150, Nissan Titan, Ram 1500, and Honda Ridgeline.