Ford F-150 Beats Out Competitors in Recent Crash Tests

According to J.D. Power and Associates’ annual studies on customer satisfaction, safety continues to be a top concern for people looking to buy a new car. Obviously, we want our vehicle to get us to our destination safely, but as you can imagine, some vehicles more than others are better at protecting their passengers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent research firm that tests car safety through numerous, rigorous crash tests. Each year, the group designates the safest vehicles with the Top Safety Pick, a recognition that the vehicle passed each test with good results. Good news for Ford owners: This year, the Ford F-150 not only won the Top Safety Pick, but also outshone its competition for other manufacturers.

How a Crash Test Works

The IIHS isn’t the only group that performs vehicle crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also releases annual results of its own crash tests. However, the two organizations perform different kinds of tests. While the NHTSA crash test includes head-on front collisions, the IIHS tests small-overlap front collisions, meaning that only a quarter of the car’s front end actually collides with the crash barrier.

The IIHS says that small-overlap front collisions are more common on the road, meaning their tests are better indicators of real-world crashes. In the front-end collision tests, the vehicle makes an impact with a barrier at 40 miles per hour, while in side collisions, a barrier hits the side of the vehicle at 30 miles per hour.

The Results

The F-150 earned top ratings in five of the IIHS crash rating categories: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. In all the collisions, crash test dummies indicated that there was a low risk for injury. The F-150 (and its extended cab model) was the only model in this year’s “large pickup” category to be awarded the 2016 Top Safety Pick.

The other trucks that the IIHS tested, including the Toyota Tundra and Chevrolet Silverado, received “middling” and “poor” ratings in the same tests. Further, of the nine trucks tested, the F-150 was the only truck to receive a “good” lower leg and foot safety ratings, while every other truck received a “poor” rating.

Built Ford Tough

2016 isn’t the first year that the F-150 has received the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. Year after year, the truck has consistently received high marks in crash safety, and not just from the IIHS. The truck has also passed the NHTSA crash tests with flying colors, this year’s model receiving the coveted five-star rating. While good marks on the IIHS test definitely imply a good NHTSA rating, remember that the two organizations perform different kinds of crash tests.

The F-150 isn’t the only Ford vehicle to get excellent marks this year. In fact, the 2017 Ford Fusion received the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus award, meaning that it received perfect ratings on all crash tests. For nearly 40 years, Ford’s slogan has been “Built Ford Tough,” and as the crash tests results show, it’s a saying that’s true to this day.

There’s a lot to love about the Ford F-150, and naturally, many other features will factor into your buying decision. Still, you should take comfort knowing that when you’re driving the F-150, you’re driving the safest truck on the road.

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