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2016 Ford F-150 is Only Pickup Truck to Earn Top IIHS Crash Test Rating

2016 Ford F-150 is Only Pickup Truck to Earn Top IIHS Crash Test Rating

By Joseph Dobrian, April 12, 2016
Of the seven full-size pickup trucks recently evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only one—the 2016 Ford F-150—earned the highest safety rating of “Good” in the Institute’s small overlap front crash test. Three other extended cab models—the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Toyota Tundra—earned a rating of “Acceptable” for overall occupant protection in a small overlap front crash, and for structure. The crew cab versions of those three truck models each received a “Marginal” rating, both for overall crash protection and for structure. The Ram 1500 extended cab and crew cab models received “Marginal” ratings overall, but “Poor” ratings for structure.

The IIHS last year decided it would test the two most popular variants of large pickups—crew cab and extended cab—instead of just one after discovering that the 2015 Ford F-150 extended cab lacked the structural countermeasures that helped the crew cab version earn a “Good” rating in the small overlap test. Ford improved the structure of the 2016 F-150 SuperCab, thus earning a “Good” rating for both models. These two F-150 models also earn a 2016 “Top Safety Pick” award when equipped with Ford’s optional basic-rated forward-collision warning system.

“Ford is leading the way among large pickup manufacturers when it comes to protecting people in a range of crashes and offering technology to warn drivers of imminent frontal crashes,” said Raul Arbelaez, vice president of the Institute’s Vehicle Research Center. “We commend Ford for taking last year’s test results to heart and upgrading protection for SuperCab occupants in small overlap crashes.” Arbelaez added: “We encourage manufacturers to redesign their pickups to resist intrusion in the lower occupant compartment to safeguard people from serious leg and foot injuries that might require months of rehabilitation.”

For a complete listing of small overlap front crash test ratings for large pickups, click here.

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