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Library: Ford F-150 Gets Top Safety Rating
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May 2016


When Ford announced an aluminum intensive F-150, skeptics questioned safety. Now, IIHS testing proves the skeptics wrong.

In fact, the recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests named the 2016 F-150 extended cab and crew cab pickups its Top Safety Pick. The F-150s were the only trucks in their class to earn “Good” ratings on all 5 IIHS crash tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a basic rating for front crash prevention.


So not only does the aluminum-intensive F-150 weigh in at 500-700 pounds less than prior versions (and segment competitors) providing improved economy and load capacity, it also reaches new levels of safety performance. Part of the answer lies in the extensive use of aluminum extrusions in the cab structure. Extrusions can be designed to provide a high level of “crushability” and energy absorption in a crash, protecting vehicle occupants. In addition to Ford, Tesla cites the use of extruded door beams as a contributor to their excellent side impact resistance.

          Related: Which truck has the strongest roof? Is it Aluminum or steel?

If additional evidence of Ford’s confidence in its aluminum architecture is needed, Ford announced the extension of the F-150 approach to its 2017 Super Duty F-350, F-450 and F550 models earlier this year.

To see all the details on the recent IIHS tests, go to: and select “large pickups”.