Five stars is the highest rating.
The rating applies to two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions of the 2016 Ram 1500. The rating also refers to regular, crew and quad-cab versions of the truck.
On sale now at Ram dealerships, the 2016 Ram 1500 received four stars in the front crash test and five stars in the side crash test. The truck earned mixed results in the rollover crash test, depending on the model.
For example, the Ram 1500 quad-cab four-wheel-drive model earned three stars in the rollover crash test, while the Ram 1500 quad-cab two-wheel-drive model earned four stars in the same test.
Standard safety features on the 2016 Ram 1500 include six airbags, antilock brakes and electronic stability control. A rearview camera is optional on the base model.
It received a "Good" score in the moderate overlap front test. The forces in the test are similar to those that would result from a frontal offset crash between two vehicles of the same weight, each going just under 40 mph.
The Ram 1500 earned a "Marginal" score in the roof-strength test and a "Good" score for head restraints and seats.
Fiat-Chrysler said the 2016 Ram 1500 features new frame and body modifications for the Institute's small overlap front test. The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole. The IIHS has not posted results of that test.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and 2016 Ford F-150 earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Toyota Tundra earned a four-star overall safety rating. The 2016 Nissan Titan has not been rated.