Ford F-150 Receives Highest Rating In New Crash Tests

by Admin on April 21, 2016

IIHS Crash Test Results

Photo Credit: IIHS Media Release

Earlier this month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) introduced a new crash test that would test the safety of 10 different variants of pickup trucks belonging to major auto dealers Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Ram, and Toyota. The test works by replicating a situation where the vehicle runs off the road and the front end hits a tree or a pole at 65 km/h. The results of this test could be quite influential considering the intense competition that currently exists in the truck segment. So far in 2016, Ford has sold over 186,000 F-150s. In comparison, Chevy has sold 128,965 Silverados in the first quarter of the year and Fiat-Chrysler has sold 113,367 Rams.

As shown in the picture above, Ford was the only truck dealer to receive an all-around “Good” rating on its F-150 SuperCab and F-150 CrewCab (not pictured). This is the highest safety rating that a vehicle can receive, so the 2016 F-150 stands alone as the 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick for this particular test.

The other brands had reasonable success on this test. The Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Toyota Tundra all managed an “Acceptable” score on their Double Cab variants and a “Marginal” score on their Crew Cab variants. Ram performed the worst overall but managed to avoid a “Poor” rating, instead scoring a “Marginal” rating on both the Ram 1500 Crew Cab and Quad Cab. All of these trucks had problems with preserving the lower leg area of the crash test dummy, while the F-150 variants did not have this problem.

These results can be somewhat explained by the relative age of the trucks involved. The 2016 Ford F-150 is one of the newer trucks on this list so the extra time that Ford spent designing the vehicle could be seen as an advantage. Also, the Ram 1500 is one of the oldest trucks on this list. It was designed before news of this new test by IIHS had been released, so there was no time to prepare for it. Future generations of all of these trucks will almost assuredly score highly as safety picks by the IIHS now that the test can be prepared for. Of course, the IIHS could prepare a new safety test at any point in the future so keeping vehicle safety as a top priority will continue to be in the best interest of all of these automotive brands.

Manvir Sangha
SEO/PPC Analyst

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