2018 Ford F-150 Qualifies for IIHS Top Safety Pick

2018 Ford F-150 II

Crash tests are a complicated metric, especially in the world of pickup trucks, and the agencies conducting the tests frequently update their criteria, which encourages automakers to improve safety equipment.

When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety toughened the criteria in 2016 for its two highest ratings — Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus — most pickups failed to achieve those ratings. For the 2017 model year, the Honda Ridgeline was the only pickup truck in any class (to date, IIHS tests mid-size and half-ton models) to receive the Top Safety Pick Plus designation. Now that manufacturers have had time to make adjustments, that is likely to change for the 2018 model year.

The 2018 Ford F-150 is the first example of just that; it is now eligible for IIHS' Top Safety Pick designation for extended- and crew-cab versions when equipped with the new, optional automatic emergency braking system. Both the models avoided collisions during IIHS track tests at 12 and 25 mph.

To earn a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus award, a vehicle must have good ratings in five crashworthiness tests — driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. To earn the Top Safety Pick Plus rating, a vehicle must also have a headlight rating of acceptable or good. IIHS gave a poor rating to all the available headlights on the previous and current F-150.

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Comments

DO THE DOOR'S NEED TO REMAIN CLOSED IN THESE TESTS?
I HOPE NOT, HAHHAHAHHAAHAHAHHAHAH
http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2017/10/2015-2017-ford-f-150-2017-ford-super-duty-recall-alert.html

Still gets Poor rating for all headlights, halogen and LED...

Give Credit Where Credit is Due!! Good Job Ford!

The F-series interior is a complete distraction of misplaced buttons and knobs. The automatic braking system is a absolute benefit to owners of the F-150. Unless Ford has added even more buttons for this system too. LOL.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/ford/2016/10/04/ford-brake-probe/91542602/

Nicely done Ford. What exactly is the criteria to be rated for IIHS?

What exactly is the criteria to be rated for IIHS? Posted by: crunchtime | Oct 25, 2017

@crunchtime

top criteria? IIHS Top Safety Pick? Evidently the bigger question is does anyone NOT have a IIHS Top Safety Pick on the wall.

I googled the names of ALL the top automakers and all of them have at least one model that listed as a IIHS top safety pick.

Fake news.

What exactly is the criteria to be rated for IIHS? Posted by: crunchtime | Oct 25, 2017
A big PAYOFF to get the judges to vote in your favor , Fords god at that.
Working brakes and door's that don't stay closed don't matter to Ford, they still win these challenges. Amazing what money can do.

The preview image for this article on the News page shows the wrong truck. Need to update to '18 design.

The f 150 in the Front cover pic Is a 2011 f 150

Been lingering here for some time, seems as though there are a select few who ruin the forums.

@crunchtime Just like in the real world

@TY, very true, I do not get why people are not happy for a truck that is potentially very safe, why is that bad thing? I am not partial to X brand, but I like to read things like this.

Who cares about cars? Honda and Ford are the only manufacturers with pickup trucks that are IIHS Top Safety Picks.

I googled the names of ALL the top automakers and all of them have at least one model that listed as a IIHS top safety pick.

Fake news.

Posted by: papajim | Oct 25, 2017 9:20:24 A

Fake post.

They don't all have a pickup truck listed.

Educate yourself.

Who cares about cars? Honda and Ford are the only manufacturers with pickup trucks that are IIHS Top Safety Picks.
Posted by: Chris | Oct 25, 2017

@Chris

don't blow a fuse dude! My statement stands on its own. The entire point is still ON TARGET. The Top Safety Pick riff is press release click-bait.

Instead of your insulting tone, why not inform the rest of us as to why it matters. If you can.

@Chris

Nobody cares about this top safety pick award! I don't care and don't know anyone who buys a truck for safety. Ford trucks are made in Mexico from Chinese parts and are JUNK death traps!!!! Top pick of China is more like it!!!!

@papajim the did I see Honda Ridgeline mention as a top pick.
I knew all this but another reason I want a new Ridgeline.
The old Ridgeline was a top pick years ago when it was introduced. It was way ahead of it's time when it came to pickup trucks and safety.

My statement stands on its own. The entire point is still ON TARGET. The Top Safety Pick riff is press release click-bait.
Instead of your insulting tone, why not inform the rest of us as to why it matters. If you can.

Posted by: papajim | Oct 25, 2017 11:19:43

Better yet tell us why this does not matter, if you can.

Just looked at the IIHS ratings. No wonder all the GM Squids are squirming. GM products simply do not measure up.

Nobody cares about this top safety pick award! I don't care and don't know anyone who buys a truck for safety. Ford trucks are made in Mexico from Chinese parts and are JUNK death traps!!!! Top pick of China is more like it!!!!

Posted by: GMS | Oct 25, 2017 11:40:04 AM

Here's How Car Brands Stack Up In Consumer Reports' 2017 Reliability Ratings

1.Toyota
2.Lexus
3.Kia
4.Audi
5.BMW
6.Subaru
7.INFINITI
8.Buick
9.Honda
10.Hyundai
11.Nissan
12.Mazda
13.Porsche
14.Mercedes-Benz
15.Ford
16.Volkswagen
17.Chrysler
18.Chevrolet
19.Acura
20.Jeep 21.Tesla
22.Lincoln
23.Volvo
24.Dodge
25.Ram
26.GMC
27.Cadillac


@ GMS(ucks)
Nobody cares about this top safety pick award! I don't care and don't know anyone who buys a truck for safety. Ford trucks are made in Mexico from Chinese parts and are JUNK death traps!!!! Top pick of China is more like it!!!!
For certain you run in a small circle.
Wow. that's completely unsubstantiated nonsense .

Everyone knows, the top reliable vehicles are not American owned, that is saying something.

Everyone knows, the top reliable vehicles are not American owned, that is saying something.


Posted by: crunchtime | Oct 25, 2017 1:54:27 PM

How True. Most people do not want to accept that fact though.

Everyone knows, the top reliable vehicles are not American owned, that is saying something.


Posted by: crunchtime | Oct 25, 2017 1:54:27 PM

How True. Most people do not want to accept that fact though.

Wow Ram, GMC & Cadillac at the bottom of the pile. LOL


24.Dodge
25.Ram
26.GMC
27.Cadillac

@blue-yes! I find it comical when people say Ford is Mexican made or GM has foreign parts and all, yet that is not really a bad thing-maybe they all should go MORE foreign made then the reliability would be better!?

@blueman

The CR picks are tricky because auto electronics are so complicated. If you buy a new pickup and can't figure out how to sync your devices to the audio, the maker gets dinged by CR.

Mercedes and BMW design and make great vehicles but they used to get ripped by CR over complex info systems.

Best thing to look at on CR is the Customer Satisfaction feedback. Not perfect, but better than the Predicted Reliability stats.

We sure got a truck for it's safety features and crash worthiness this was part of the decision. This was 10yrs ago but other pickups did not have many safety features or just started to add not on all models. Stuff like body structure rollover skid/stability control electronic brake distribution.

Poor ratings for headlights? LOL Who cares?

Perhaps I am one of the few buyers who could not possibly care less about crash test ratings...or Consumer Retorts "reliability" ratings for that matter.

@Soakee how do you use your truck?
If someone just uses it for play off-roading might not matter to them. If someone is just using it for say work going 20-40 miles towing trailer or typical work fleet type truck might not matter to them. If you spend highway travel time behind the wheel of your truck or as daily driver it might matter. If your do a lot of long distance night driving or on dark roads with on coming traffic and can't always use your high beams. Many of these trucks have lighting systems that don't put out much light. They should be equal to many passenger car headlights. Just buying a bulb bright bulb at the Auto store doesn't do it. They may look cool to the eye but there beam pattern is not good or blinding on-coming drivers.

I am just saying if your buying a truck new or recent model and putting out money for it. It should have good crash ratings and safety features. The way some of you guys sound you don't care about your life or anybody else.
If your going down the road at 55-65MPH you don't care if your truck is able to stop or have stability and control in emergency road maneuver situations? Also you don't care if in an accident with your big full-size truck you would be more seriously hurt then some person in a newer Toyota Corolla.

very true, I do not get why people are not happy for a truck that is potentially very safe, why is that bad thing? I am not partial to X brand, but I like to read things like this.

Posted by: crunchtime | Oct 25, 2017 11:09:09 AM


People that are mocking this news story are doing so because Ford has demonstrated time and again that the safety of their vehicles is NOT a priority unless the federal government comes knocking.

For one, Ford had known for years that the 2013 and 2014 F-150's with the 3.5 Ecoboost had a deadly defect with the brake system failing without warning and didn't take action until the Feds FORCED a recall. Yet those same defective parts are still in use in 2015+ F-150's and were not subject to the recall. The brake failures are still occuring, no action is being taken by Ford yet. The Feds will no doubt have to force them to fix the 2015+ F-150's.

In fact, Ford is the worst when it comes to voluntary recalls. Yep, dead last. Of all the recalls Ford has even issued in the last 30 years, 70% of them were FORCED by the government after Ford refused to do so voluntarily.
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/11/best-worst-automaker-recall-rates/

Then there was the controversy surrounding Ford's attempts to game the IIHS's crash tests in 2015. Ford knew that the IIHS would only use one configuration to establish crash test ratings -- a Supercrew version of the 2015 F-150. So Ford installed steel bars behind the front wheels on ONLY the Supercrew trucks. Customers assumed that their regular or extended cab 2015 F-150 would be just as safe as the Supercrew version, but Ford didn't install steel bars on the frames of those trucks. The difference the bars made was HUGE.
https://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-Ford-F-150-crash-test-comparison1.jpg

Posted by: Brick | Oct 25, 2017 4:53:17 PM


Ten times more deaths linked to faulty switch than GM first reported

General Motors GM originally said it knew of only 13 deaths related to the switches—meaning Feinberg’s office determined the actual death numbers were nearly ten times higher.

the faulty switches, which led to a recall of about 2.6 million cars worldwide. of the 4,343 claims filed with the GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility. Of the 399 eligible claims, 124 were deaths and 17 were victims with physical injuries that resulted in quadriplegia, paraplegia, double amputation, permanent brain damage, or pervasive burns. The remaining 258 eligible claims were for people with physical injuries that resulted in hospitalization or outpatient treatment within 48 hours of the accident.

GM has set aside $625 million to pay victims

Thank you Ford for building the safest full-size trucks. Anyone who says they don't care about safety is stupid or lying.

I agree with Papajim.

You don't need top safety picks. The safest truck is one who does not crash. If you don't crash what difference does it make?

Problem solved.

IIHS is fake news!

IIHS is fake news!

Posted by: Sierra | Oct 25, 2017 8:22:27 PM

What is not fake news is:

25.Ram Trucks
26.GMC Trucks
27.Cadillac GM flagship cars & suv's.............

Are at the bottom of the RELIABLE totem poll. LOL

CR is more fake news.

If you want real news, visit your friendly Chevy dealer.

@blueman

The CR picks are tricky because auto electronics are so complicated. If you buy a new pickup and can't figure out how to sync your devices to the audio, the maker gets dinged by CR.

Mercedes and BMW design and make great vehicles but they used to get ripped by CR over complex info systems.

Best thing to look at on CR is the Customer Satisfaction feedback. Not perfect, but better than the Predicted Reliability stats.

Blueman is drinking blue Kool Aid.
Cadillac is on the bottom of the CR due to so many gadgets that can cause consumer to fail to comprehend at first and affect CR in this particular study. lf you only knew how these reports are comprised you would understand
If you look at long term reliability studies done over many years you always see GMC trucks at the top.
I still think my 1970 F150 is the most reliable vehicle on the road. New trucks are weak in comparison and last 10 years before the electronics cost you a fortune to keep working, regardless of brands. The new Fords are pure junk but keep my paychecks coming as a Ford tech. We are already seeing the 2018 F150's in for hiway shake, due to the ridgid frame and weak body structures that have been found on some GM trucks since they boxed the frames in 2010. The c-channel frame was ,and still is a better , more forgiving frame, and more useful when it comes to 5'er hitches and cab abd chassis bolt ons.

IIHS is tested by crash ratings not tested by wheels and doors flying off. How ever @sierra

I agree with Papajim.

You don't need top safety picks. The safest truck is one who does not crash. If you don't crash what difference does it make?

Problem solved.

IIHS is fake news!

No one really intends to crash its other people you have to worry about crashing into you ie your distracted drivers that cant wait to get home to look at their cell phone and actually pay attention to the road, or that truck driver that has been driving 24 hours plus...

cant wait to get home to look at their cell phone and actually pay attention to the road, or that truck driver that has been driving 24 hours plus... Posted by: Darklore | Oct 26, 2017

@darklore

Experts have known for a long time that 80 percent of the wrecks and misery on the highway is caused by 20 percent of the drivers.

Try sitting in traffic court for a day and listen to the stupid sh*t that people do behind the wheel. These same people have a record long as your arm for stuff like DUI, driving without insurance, driving without license, registration etc.

Dismal. The state's go on permitting these people to drive.

Wow you fucin people are stupid.....embarrassed to be a American citizen

Wow you fucin people are stupid.....embarrassed to be a American citizen
Posted by: James | Oct 26, 2017 2:40:15 PM

Judging by your complete lack of correct spelling and grammar, they are probably just as embarrassed to know that you are an American citizen.

Ford makes the safest, most reliable and most capable trucks on the road! There's a reason they're the best selling vehicle for 40 years in the USA! I'm proud to drive the best, which is Ford!

Juan the Ford employee-

Yeah we've all seen the F-150 ads, we don't need you to parrot the crap claims they make in them.



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