Pickups and Vans Fare Well in NHTSA Crash Tests
--- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded 12 2008 pickup trucks with top safety scores for their performance in government crash tests. The high-scoring pickups include the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Dodge Dakota, GMC Sierra 1500, Honda Ridgeline, Mitsubishi Raider and Toyota Tacoma, the AP reported. The top-scoring vans are the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Entourage, Nissan Quest and the Kia Sedona.All 64 trucks and vans tested drew either a four- or five-star rating in front-end or side-impact tests. Some weren't tested in all categories. Most received four out of five stars in the rollover test. None of the vans or pickups received five stars in the rollover test. The ratings system states that a vehicle with four stars has a 10 percent to 20 percent risk of rollover. A three-star vehicle has a 20 percent to 30 percent risk.The Ford F-150 received five stars in the front tests but didn't undergo the side-impact tests. It also received four stars in rollover tests.