Oh no, the incredibly popular Toyota Tacoma is fighting its rivals in one important area to consider. The old 2022 Toyota Tacoma can’t keep up with options like the Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger and Honda Ridgeline when it comes to safety.
How safe is the 2022 Toyota Tacoma?
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma is moderately safe. It can protect drivers and passengers, but not as well as the competition. According to the Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS), the Tacoma lags behind its rivals.
An updated side crash simulation revealed that the GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline, and Chevy Colorado all scored well during this test. The Nissan Frontier and Ford Ranger received acceptable ratings. But the Toyota Tacoma is at the bottom of the pack with a marginal score.
The original test involved a 3,300 lb. barrier hitting the trucks at 31 mph, but the updated test uses a 4,200 lb. barrier at 37 mph. This simulates an SUV hitting the side of the truck.
IIHS Senior Research Engineer Becky Mueller shared that overall there was a strong performance from each vehicle. The high ride height means that the barrier used to hit vehicles strikes the solid door sill structures directly.
This could be responsible for avoiding excessive compartment intrusion, except on the 2022 Tacoma.
Why are other trucks safer than the 2022 Tacoma?
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma is a bit dated. The current generation debuted in 2016 before these security test updates were created.
Modern trucks have an integrated roll cage and frame to protect occupants from injury. According to the test results, the occupant compartment of the 2022 Nissan Frontiers held up better.
The Ford Ranger’s occupant compartment held up relatively well. However, the C-pillar went through the side curtain airbag and struck the head of the rear passenger dummy on Frontier and Ranger.
While the test presented minimal risk of most injuries for the Toyota Tacoma, the frame and roll cage did not hold up well during the test. For example, the impacting barrier crushed the door sill and the B-pillar.
This resulted in the pillar being pushed towards the center of the driver’s seat. Mueller explained that it is what pushed the rating to marginal because structural performance is strongly tied to survivability.
Will the new Tacoma be safer?
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma isn’t exactly dangerous. It’s a bit outdated. But the next-generation Toyota Tacoma is expected to receive modern updates that meet increasing safety standards.
It could follow in the footsteps of the 2022 Toyota Tundra, which serves as the safest full-size pickup. The 2024 Toyota Tacoma could ride on a new TNGA-K platform like the Tundra and new Sequoia, with a coil-spring rear suspension.
The new configuration could account for the additional weight from a more robust roll cage structure. Also, there are tons of rumors about a new hybrid engine and possibly a PHEV setup. The updated TRD Pro model could rival the new Ford Ranger Raptor model.
New safety tests could take place a few months after the next Tacoma arrives as a 2024 model. Until then, stay tuned for the latest updates.