2015 Ford F-150 Gets Mixed IIHS Crash-Test Results

Ford F-150 crew cab small overlap_sized

Bringing a new pickup truck to market is serious business, especially when there are so many federally mandated safety requirements. That's one reason why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (an auto insurance-funded nonprofit organization) started doing crash testing — to provide safety ratings for consumers, including Top Safety Picks that keep passengers safe and repair costs down.

The agency recently tested the 2015 Ford F-150 and the results are mixed; acing the small front overlap test proved difficult for one version. IIHS introduced the tough crash test in late 2012 to simulate real-world catastrophic collisions. The test is good at exposing how a vehicle will react in an accident like running into a tree; it also demonstrates how well protected the driver and passengers are.

According to Automotive News, Ford made several significant additions to the 2015 Ford F-150 in the "protective wheel bars" in the SuperCrew model but not in the regular-cab or SuperCab (aka extended-cab) models. That structural difference between cab configurations means that the SuperCrew received a Top Safety Pick rating by achieving a rating of good — on the IIHS rating scale of good, acceptable, marginal and poor — in all five testing categories. The extended-cab version, however, received a good in four of the five categories, achieving only a marginal rating in the small overlap test. That disqualified it as a Top Safety Pick. The regular-cab model has not been tested, and IIHS has no plans to test it because it is so similar to the SuperCab version, according to Automotive News.

In the past, IIHS did not distinguish between cab configurations when testing pickup trucks, typically requesting the most popular version of any given model. The Ford F-150 is by far Ford’s most popular pickup (with about a 70 percent take rate). However, earlier this year IIHS became aware of variations in safety equipment by cab configuration and ordered further testing of the F-150 after testing just the SuperCrew. Hence today's announcement of IIHS ratings for the 2015 F-150 SuperCab version.

In response, Ford said in a press release that the 2015 Ford F-150 is the first half-ton pickup truck to receive a five-star NHTSA rating for the driver and passenger for "all crash test modes and cab configurations."

As you might expect, other truckmakers are responding. Here are just two.

Ram: "All Ram Truck configurations are designed and engineered to perform equally in impact tests."

Chevrolet: "GM designs its vehicles to protect the occupants in a broad range of crashes. We also comprehend government and third-party crash test ratings, which customers use to compare vehicles. Performance in these tests is a result of the total system design of the vehicle. The new IIHS small overlap frontal test is part of our performance evaluation process. GM applies a common design approach to safety crashworthiness across all light duty pickup cab configurations."

To read the IIHS release on the 2015 F-150 crash tests, click here.

IIHS images

 

2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew II

 

Comments

So if Ford handed over a Supercrew for testing with the NHTSA and gets the 5 star award with the extra protection....what about Ford advertising all the different body styles as being 5 star and but there NOT?? lawsuit over false advertising?? If IIHS smelt a rat and retested then so should NHTSA

Wrong, Wayne. Nothing was falsely advertised and they didn't just send a crewcab. The NHTSA and IIHS are two completely different sets tests! The NHTSA tests all cabs as seen here with the F-150 supercab: http://www.automotive-fleet.com/fc_images/news/m-v09111p010.jpg

F-150 got 5 stars on every cab configuration on NHTSA.

The IIHS is an entirely different set of tests and they only test one cab for every truck. But now they are starting to test all cabs. F-150 was the first to go. They just finished the Tundra today. I am look forward to seeing the rest of the 2015 MY trucks tested.

F-150 is the safest F-150 period and Hemi V8 with his crappy 2003 Ram Junk can eat my shorts.

@Hemiv8, you sure hit the nail on the head brother!! Not much at all!

Can't believe your ignorance and you advertise it too hemiv8.

looks like the Ford boys have their pink panties in a wad over the truth about their favored brand.

I am very disappointed but not surprised at the selective editing pickuptrucks.com did once again in favor of Ford. While all the other places I have read this they included the part about it costing more to repair the aluminum bodied F150 while Mark Williams decided to again edit out the parts that make Ford look bad.

Fact is pickuptrucks.com is bought and paid for by Mark Levine and Ford Motor Company.

All manufacturers engineer to these tests, but Ford does seem to consistently push the boundary of good ethics further than the any of the rest.

Ford should install these 4 braces for free on the new trucks they have sold. NHTSA should make have a recall.

It is unfortunate that Ford chose to do what they did by "reinforcing" the truck that would be tested and not the whole line.
This isn't the first time a company has taken the low road.
- GM did it with their ignition switch and that turned into a fiasco. - We see Ram having to "Buy Back" vehicles and were fined for poor response to recalls.

This appears to be a cop out by Ford into having people believe it new 2015 aluminium F-150 is something it isn't.

Ford should be fined for misleading the consumer. I can not see any engineering issue in why the protective bar isn't installed on all of their pickups.

The only logical reason is cost cutting at the expense of safety to the consumer.

Ford appears to have ethic issues, especially since Ford made the claims on the level of profits with it's F Series.

This again makes me wonder if Ford marketing is telling the truth.

Who is responsible for Ford's F Series marketing and can his judgment/comments be trusted??

Can Ford marketing be trusted with it's comments, like the new 2015 aluminium F Series great FE advantage or for that matter safety, profitability??

Not at all...

@Big Al from Oz
Ford has been called out for gaming the system to make promotional claims, from overstated EPA mileage to stripping a F-450 to allow it to squeak by the weight limits for a Class 3 pickup to boast of “Best In Class” towing. This time, the games could have serious real-world consequences for buyers.
This game of Ford is not over yet.

A wheel-to-wheel impact is by far more common than a direct radiator-to radiator impact. so as much as I hate insurance companies their test is more in line of whats going to happen on a two lane road or hwy.

Did anyone notice the capless fuel door flew open? How much more force would you need to spray fuel out?

"From the picture...where did all the stuff go from the mirror to the front. Up/down straight back into the cab or turned into dust"
-- Posted by: budsy | Jul 30, 2015 2:57:24 PM

Aluminum wrinkles a lot differently from steel because of how soft it is. Much of that is probably folded into the remains of that fender.

"How is this anything but good news for Ford? It shows they are the top safety pick. Even the one marginal rating on the super cab is better than any other brand's rating to date (lg or sm). Fords have been tested and rated in 6 to 7 categories. GM's have only 3 categories, and Ram has only 4. The only downside for Ford is they were the first man up, and now the others can correct as needed."

What is shows is that Ford again took shortcuts to 'cheap out' rather than doing the right thing the first time. They used the IIHS' traditional habits to get their high safety rating which they would then advertise as standard across all cab models--as they've clearly already done. This would save Ford some significant cash over the rest of the product line but they ignore the fact that had that 'cheaping out' cost a life, they probably would have been sued for far more than they saved and quite clearly would have been forced to recall and perhaps buy back ALL sub-standard trucks just as Ram is being forced to do now.

Personally, what I strongly disagree with is how FCA is being forced to recall vehicles on designs that clearly passed previous safety checks when manufactured by a different corporate entity. GM got a pass on many of its recalls because of their bankruptcy (excluding the ignition switch) while FCA is forced to recall 20- 25-year-old vehicles. That, to me, reeks of prejudicial treatment.

"Looks like Ram owners better not roll their trucks because roof strength is only marginal on the Ram 1500. In fact, it's strength to weight ratio is just barely half that of the aluminum F150. And the Ram is made of STEEL. Goes to show that the material used isn't the only important factor. There also needs to be some engineering involved to produce strength in the finished product. Or maybe, just MAYBE, (dare I say it?) aluminum actually is stronger than steel."

Strength to weight ratio is a straw man argument; the actual capability of the roof, how many pounds it can withstand before giving way, is far more important. Aluminum has a natural advantage in strength to weight as it's almost 50% lighter at the same supposed strength. Maybe the aluminum truck is lighter overall, but the roof strength is not due to aluminum construction but rather to the high-strength steel cage structure underneath that aluminum.

Bad job Ford, knowingly gaming the system and misleading some poor customers.
-- Posted by: johnny doe | Jul 30, 2015 3:51:32 PM

Problem is, Ford has made a habit of this. They only barely managed to keep their HD's out of Class Five by removing bumpers and interior fittings before going on the scale. Remember?

"From the picture...where did all the stuff go from the mirror to the front. Up/down straight back into the cab or turned into dust"
-- Posted by: budsy | Jul 30, 2015 2:57:24 PM

Aluminum wrinkles a lot differently from steel because of how soft it is. Much of that is probably folded

"How is this anything but good news for Ford? It shows they are the top safety pick. Even the one marginal rating on the super cab is better than any other brand's rating to date (lg or sm). Fords have been tested and rated in 6 to 7 categories. GM's have only 3 categories, and Ram has only 4. The only downside for Ford is they were the first man up, and now the others can correct as needed."

What is shows is that Ford again took shortcuts to 'cheap out' rather than doing the right thing the first time. They used the IIHS' traditional habits to get their high safety rating which they would then advertise as standard across all cab models--as they've clearly already done. This would save Ford some significant cash over the rest of the product line but they ignore the fact that had that 'cheaping out' cost a life, they probably would have been sued for far more than they saved and quite clearly would have been forced to recall and perhaps buy back ALL sub-standard trucks just as Ram is being forced to do now.

Personally, what I strongly disagree with is how FCA is being forced to recall vehicles on designs that clearly passed previous safety checks when manufactured by a different corporate entity. GM got a pass on many of its recalls because of their bankruptcy (excluding the ignition switch) while FCA is forced to recall 20- 25-year-old vehicles. That, to me, reeks of prejudicial treatment.

"Looks like Ram owners better not roll their trucks because roof strength is only marginal on the Ram 1500. In fact, it's strength to weight ratio is just barely half that of the aluminum F150. And the Ram is made of STEEL. Goes to show that the material used isn't the only important factor. There also needs to be some engineering involved to produce strength in the finished product. Or maybe, just MAYBE, (dare I say it?) aluminum actually is stronger than steel."

Strength to weight ratio is a straw man argument; the actual capability of the roof, how many pounds it can withstand before giving way, is far more important. Aluminum has a natural advantage in strength to weight as it's almost 50% lighter at the same supposed strength. Maybe the aluminum truck is lighter overall, but the roof strength is not due to aluminum construction but rather to the high-strength steel cage structure underneath that aluminum.

Bad job Ford, knowingly gaming the system and misleading some poor customers.
-- Posted by: johnny doe | Jul 30, 2015 3:51:32 PM

Problem is, Ford has made a habit of this. They only barely managed to keep their HD's out of Class Five by removing bumpers and interior fittings before going on the scale. Remember?

Ford F-150 flunks IIHS retest.

"The IIHS also looked at the cost to repair the F-150’s aluminum body. The IIHS used 10 mph crash tests with the new F-150 SuperCrew and the steel-bodied 2014 SuperCrew, crashing the front left corner of the new pickup into the right rear corner of the old one at a 15% overlap. Then they reversed the roles of the trucks. In both tests, the aluminum-bodied F-150 had more extensive damage; repair costs were 26% higher and took longer to complete.

Ford has been called out for gaming the system to make promotional claims, from overstated EPA mileage to stripping a F-450 to allow it to squeak by the weight limits for a Class 3 pickup to boast of “Best In Class” towing. This time, the games could have serious real-world consequences for buyers. "

http://news.allpar.com/index.php/2015/07/ford-f-150-flunks-iihs-retest-29389

Problem is, Ford has made a habit of this. They only barely managed to keep their HD's out of Class Five by removing bumpers and interior fittings before going on the scale. Remember?


Posted by: Road Whale | Aug 1, 2015 10:41:33 AM

That is untrue statement on there SAE j2807 certified trucks.... 2015 F150 and the 2015 f450. Part of being certified 2807 is to have everything on the truck and not remove anything. Removing items to glorify there ratings is a thing of the past.

The f450 has upgraded axles, springs, and tires. Also the f450 meets its rating in 4x4 crewcab.

The ram 3500 to meet there max advertised rating is a stripper model single cab 2wd with upgraded springs, axles, and tires.

To back up what Scott wrote.

"barely managed to keep their HD's out of Class Five by removing bumpers" - Road Fail

Wrong, that was GM who removed the bumpers. Ford did not remove bumpers.

Ford involved the jump seat and stereo and they didn't have to "remove" it because it can be deleted from the vehicle order itself.

If you are going to call out Ford make sure you educate yourself and get your facts right first.

Johnny Hoe remembers GM was the one removing bumpers.

Apparently GM doesn't want to test their 2015 extended cab vs Ford's extended cab.

Only the 2016 extended cab will be compared to the 2015 F-150 extended cab in IIHS tests.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......

What are GM and Ram hiding?

GM/Ram should put up their 2015 extended cabs vs Fords 2015 extended cabs.

This aint right.

If you have nothing to hide, put up the 2015 extended cabs GM and Ram, just like Ford had to.

It's disappointing that the IIHS won't compare all 2015MY trucks to the 2015 F-150 and will instead test 2016MY Ram and 2016MY Silverado extended cab vs 2015MY Ford.

#nogutsnoglory
#somethingtohide
#gmnoconfidence


Fact: While @IIHS_autosafety has awarded the 2015 F-150 SuperCrew a Top Safety Pick, they will only test 2016 GM Trucks for comparison.

Fact 2: @IIHS_autosafety will compare the 2015 Ram Crew Cab and the 2016 Ram Quad Cab to the 2015 F-150 SuperCrew and 2015 F-150 SuperCab.

#wtf

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/v/class-summary/large-pickups

Ford got 5 out 5 for SuperCrew.
Ford 4 out of 5 for SuperCab. The SuperCab will be 5 out of 5 next MY.

Ram is already started out with a bad roof test and the other tests are not even available yet. So don't know what Hemi V8 is crowing about.

Same thing with the Silverado they haven't even finished the tests yet but looking at other model years you see a lot of poor ratings. Was GM cheating their customers on safety. Looks so...
http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/chevrolet/silverado-1500-crew-cab-pickup/2015

Also of note: GM also gets a POOR red rating for child safety seat anchors. Where is the media on this? Does GM not care about the children?

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/v/class-summary/large-pickups

Lastly, GM crewcab gets a barely acceptable rating for head/neck injuries.

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/chevrolet/silverado-1500-crew-cab-pickup/2015#Frontal1432

Ford gets green good ratings all the way down.
http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/ford/f-150-crew-cab-pickup/2015

Just read where fca is going to have to recall a bunch of dodge chargers. You slam the door and the airbags go off!!! Love all the muscle cars from Mopar but get it together and quit building JUNK!!!!!!

Oops. Ford recalls cars to fix 'improper' recall.

"Oops.
Ford said Tuesday it is recalling nearly 40,000 cars to repair a problem that it created when fixing a previous recall.

The cars at issue are the Ford Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car and Mercury Grand Marquis. They have a steering shaft that could break, causing a loss of steering. Ford (F) said it is aware of one accident in one of the cars it had fixed, but said no one was injured.
The previous recall covered 355,000 cars. It was announced in August and owners were notified of the problem in October. Ford said that after making the repairs, it discovered the way it had fixed them was "improper."

Ford also announced four other recalls Tuesday. One covers 135,000 Ford Flex and F-150s with a passenger seat airbag problem: It may not deploy for an adult because the safety system mistakenly thinks no one, or a child, is sitting there.
The company also recalled 27,600 Ford Transit Connect cars to fix a problem with fuel lines that could lead to a fire; nearly 1,000 F-150s for a brake pedal position problem; and about 90 Transit vehicles for a problem with its fuel filter that could lead to engine stalls. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries.

Love all the muscle cars from Mopar but get it together and quit building JUNK!!!!!!


Posted by: Truckcrazy | Aug 2, 2015 6:09:23 PM

2015 Ford Mustang Recalled for Fire Risk!!!!

2015 Mustang GT Goes Up in Flames After Dealership Visit
Posted on 06 March 2015

In today’s “holy-crap-what-if-this-happened-to-me news,” one less 2015 Ford Mustang GT is on the road after catching fire while cruising the highway. The Deep Impact Blue 5.0, which had only 6,000 miles on it, started pluming smoke shortly after the owner had left a dealership for attendance to “warranty issues.”


BEEN THEIR DONE THAT!!! NEVER AGAIN FORD

F ORMER

O WNER

R ECOMENDS

D ODGE

The reason the new F150 is a bust is not Aluminum, its the powertrains. They just don't have it, GM and RAM do.

The other fact that Furd lovers seem to forget that will all this Slimfast weight loss, the F150 only weighs 60 POUNDS LESS THAN THE STEEL GM SUPERIOR TRUCK!!!!

Now even if GM goes to Aluminum, how much weigh do you think it will lose?

Proof that Ford is inferior in engineering with Ecobusts, shortchanging Extended Cab and Regular buyers with dangerous pickup trucks, TOO CHEAP, to install safety measures on these trucks but if you spend the big bucks, oh then we will add the safety measures, all while charging a lot more per truck than the last steel f150, what a joke.

All ford cares about is profits at the risk of your family, buy the wrong truck and get into a min offset crash and you risk severe injury, that's built ford tough.

Here is the video if you need a reminder, my wrangler does better in this test and my wrangler can do this test DOORS OFF and the result is the same, see the wranglers doors come off and are not part of the structural integrity in front collisions, was built to have the doors off!

Built Ford Tough, too cheap too add 4 crash bars and a few bolts that probably cost 50 bucks in parts, ford cares, ford loves you!

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2015/07/30/ford-f-150-gets-mixed-crash-test-results-1070666040/

Here are the numbers of the 2015 Ford F150 3.5 Ecoboost versus the winner of the Light Duty V8 Winner, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 6.2.

As you can see, the Chevrolet wins almost every test, you could say 8 speed vs 6 speed is an advantage for GM, as you could say Gears favor the Ford, along with slightly lighter and less payload, versus 100 pounds more trailering on the Davis Dam Run Only.


Chevrolet 54310
Gears 3,23
Weight 5620

0-60 5.92
0-60 loaded 7.09 1240 pounds
1/4 14.34
1/4 loaded 15.36 1240 pounds
Unloaded Chevy 6.2 19.8 MPG
Braking 60-0 133.7 unloaded
Trailering Chevy 6.2 10.2 MPG 6,700 pounds
Braking 60-0 132.2 loaded with 1240 pounds
Davis Dam 19.92 6,700-pound trailer

Ford F150 60880
Gears 3.55
Weight 5560

0-60 6.22
0-60 loaded 7.02 1080 pounds
1/4 14.84
1/4 15.50 loaded 1080 pounds
Unloaded 3.5 Eco boost 18.5
Braking 60-0 133.6 unloaded
Trailering 3.5 Ecoboost 11.1 4,200-pounds
Braking 60-0 135.3 with 1080 pounds
Davis Dam 20.76 6,800-pound trailer

BREAKING NEWS:
Ram is only reinforcing some of the 2015 Rams. See I told you so. PUTC needs to investigate. Hemi V8 and the haters now have egg on their face.

Mike Levine ‏@mrlevine 9h9 hours ago
Fact: Ram only putting "wheel blockers" on some 2015 trucks.

Looks like Ford pulled a shortcut on their super cab and regular cab trucks. This new aluminum truck is the puniest Ford truck I have ever seen. They can talk all they want about the strength of aluminum, what they don't tell you is aluminum's frailties, including becoming brittle with age, having degradation when in contact with other materials, namely steel along with having properties that make paint resilience a real trick as adherence of coating to aluminum over the long term is rather difficult. It is my prediction that Ford will live to regret the full transition to aluminum, and we are already seeing that with their sales slide. I have heard every excuse, from problems with production ramp-up to shortages, but I have seen at no point this year less than 100 new F150's at each of my local dealers.



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