The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in North America has put the US-spec Ford Ranger through its standard crash-test procedure, handing the bakkie “good” ratings in all but one of its series of crashworthiness evaluations.

Interestingly, the model tested was a “crew cab” (badged as the “SuperCrew” in the US) variant. It earned a “superior” rating for its front crash prevention, although a “marginal” headlight rating kept it from qualifying for the institute’s so-called “Top Safety Pick” award.

The Ranger earned “good” ratings in five crashworthiness evaluations: the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.

It earned an “acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. In the latter evaluation, the passenger's survival space was maintained "reasonably well", but forces on the right lower leg indicated a "risk of injury".

In the US, the bakkie ships standard with a front crash prevention system that earned a “superior” rating in IIHS tests. It avoided a collision in the 12 mph (19 km/h) test and reduced its speed by an average of 24 mph (39 km/h) in the 25 mph (40 km/h) test.

For the record, the Michigan-built US-spec Ranger employs a 2,3-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine (mated with a ten-speed automatic transmission) churning out 201 kW and 420 N.m.

Watch the crash-test footage in the two videos below...