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Chevy Truck Crash & Load Tests

Chevy Truck Crash & Load Tests

Ever wondered about Chev Truck Crash & Load Tests, and how would the Chev Silverado compare to other similar trucks like the Ford F150, Dodge Ram and Toyota Tundra?
These four 2016 pickups were all crashed into the same rigid barrier at 40 mph,  and it is certainly interesting to note how far the damage extended.   2 of the models tested included damage to the pickup bed as well, especially the Ford.

Progressively crumbling metal is a good way to absorb impact, so long as it doesn’t cause problems in the cab area.  In this respect it is safe to say that the Chev Silverado would have been the kindest pickup to its driver, with most of the damage confined to the point of impact and not intruding into the cab as much as some others on this test.

Conducted by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, it regularly tests vehicles by crashing them according to crash statistics.  This test is because head on crashes most often involve the front quarter only of the vehicle on the driver’s side, rather than fully head on.
The difference between the two is apparently quite astounding as in a full frontal collision the impact is spread over a much larger area of the vehicles, and the ‘crumple zone’ wont extend into the cab unless high speed is involved.

When the Insurance Institute do crash tests they sure don’t worry about wrecking a few.

Special thanks to Your Car for this review.  Photos are screen shots from the video.

How Robust Are The Chev And Ford Pickup Beds?

Lets find out.  Ford are claiming their aluminum pickup bed is superior to a steel one, and they would be right as far as rust is concerned.
But what about the more common impact damage?
Chev on the other hand say their high strength steel pickup beds are stronger,  and have a much higher impact resistance than aluminium.
To find out who is right this test was carried out with the results speaking for itself.  But I am pleased it wasnt my truck being used!
From my experience a deck liner would help prevent some damage, although as far as the Ford is concerned a sharpish object could still penetrate both the liner and the deck.

I’ll bet Ford either didn’t know or agree to this test, let alone supply the F150

Thank you to Shottenkirk Chevy for this test. Hope you didn’t have to pay for the Fords damage.

Lets Check Out Their Load Capacity

Seeing it is pick on Ford week here is an interesting quick video comparison of how well a heavy load sits in the truck.
People who have experienced driving a light truck where the suspension is not up to coping with close to its maximum payload will tell you it is a mongrel.
The steering can become far too light,  the truck will wander where ever it wants, and if night-time the headlights are star-gazing and annoying other road users.

Thanks to CarDataVideo for this comparison.