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Ford Ranger Competitors Have A New Reason To Worry

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Buyers, however, have every reason to celebrate.

In the market for a new midsize pickup truck but still can't decide which to buy? Perhaps this latest piece of news will help make your decision a bit easier. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just released its crash testing results for the new for 2019 Ford Ranger and there's a lot to be impressed by. It earned top scores in all but one test, placing it ahead of its GM and Nissan competitors and matching the Toyota Tacoma, which just so happens to be the segment's best-seller.

The new Ranger earned "good" ratings on the IIHS's driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint test. It scored an "acceptable" rating, just level below "good," for the passenger-side small overlap front test. What does that mean, exactly? The IIHS claims the passenger in this specific test was at a greater risk of a lower right leg injury.

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The truck's front crash prevention system, a standard feature, also scored very well. It successfully managed to avoid a collision in the 12 mph test and reduced its speed by an average of 24 mph in the 25 mph test. Unfortunately, the Ranger failed to receive the IIHS's Top Safety Pick rating because of "marginal" headlights. Why didn't Ford opt for stronger headlight units? Unknown. However, the GM twins, the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, received "poor" scores for their headlights. They also only received a "marginal" score on the passenger-side small overlap front test.

Basically, if Ford were to improve the Ranger's headlights, or making more powerful units optional, that coveted Top Safety Pick would be in its hands.

But credit needs to be given to Ford for everything else it accomplished regarding the Ranger's safety in the event of a crash. We already know GM is working on the next generation Colorado and Canyon, but both are still a few years away. The next Tacoma won't come until sometime after the redesigned Tundra arrives, which could happen for 2021. In the meantime, the reborn Ford Ranger will continue being a serious threat to all three.