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If safety is your main concern, you should consider the ratings, opinions and test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the independent Web site informedforlife.org.

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Ford F-150IIHS Top Safety Pick

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The Ford F-150 has received high marks in crash tests. Named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as a Top Safety Pick, the F-150 received the highest rating of good in the group's front-, side- and rear-impact tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rated the F-150 with five stars in all of its front- and side-impact tests and gave it a four-star rollover rating. Standard safety features include side-impact and side curtain airbags with rollover protection, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. Go »
Honda Ridgeline5 stars for front and side impact

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Honda's entry into the full-size pickup segment, the Ridgeline, is also among the safest. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Ridgeline received five stars in all front- and side-impact tests and a four-star rollover rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated it "good," its highest rating, in front-, side- and rear-crash tests. The Honda Ridgeline received a mild redesign for 2009, including a facelift on the front end, instrument panel and steering wheel. The all-wheel drive pickup has minivan-like features inside, making it very family friendly. Standard safety features include side-curtain airbags with rollover protection, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, and brake assist, active front head restraints, electronic stability and traction control. Go »
Toyota TundraIIHS Top Safety Pick

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Toyota has put lots of thought into the safety of its full-size truck. Named as a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Tundra received a "good" rating (the highest) in the Institute's front-, side- and rear-impact tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has only tested it for frontal impact and rollovers, giving it four stars for those tests. After a complete redesign for 2007, the 2010 model is largely unchanged, but now offers a new 310-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8. Standard safety features include side-impact and side curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, electronic stability and traction control. Go »
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