Four-Star Fords: NHTSA Releases More 2018 Ford F-150 Crash-Test Results

2018 Ford F-150 Regular cab

By Brian Normile

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recently released updated crash-test ratings for several vehicles, including regular- and extended-cab versions of the 2018 Ford F-150.

Both of these versions of the F-150 merited four-star overall ratings from NHTSA, with five-star ratings in side-crash tests and four-star ratings in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The 2018 Ram 1500 is also consistently rated at four stars overall and with similar ratings on the individual tests; some versions received only three stars in rollover testing, however.

If safety is your chief concern and four stars overall just won't cut it, there are five-star rated 2018 pickups on the market. Crew-cab 2018 Ford F-150s and all versions of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 have received the coveted five stars in the overall rating.

Heavy-duty truck data is less complete; some three-quarter-ton pickups have overall ratings, although none is higher than four stars. In other cases, these models have only been partially tested.

NHTSA was established in 1970 and has been testing and rating vehicles for crash safety since 1978. The five-star rating system was first created in 1993 and has been updated numerous times since then as safety technology improved.

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Ya your right on the numbers...I'm still talking performance, if you hooked up more than the 23k to a D-Max it would beat the Ram or PS even being over it's rating lol

Posted by: Sean | Jun 1, 2018 12:53:08 PM

i don't think it would last over time there's a reason GM keeps the number low and it's been that way for a while, but it a great truck for pulling RV's a couple times a year and guys pulling 10k bumper pull trailers

Our construction company has a several one ton work trucks but none pull better than the GMs. And I'm not talking dinky 10k trailers, we're pulling upwards of 20k all day long..not many pull more than that anyway

And yes we overload all the time, numbers don't mean much at the jobsite

@Wixman: actually, the F-150, and most others use an "air dam", while if you loook at a Nascar Monster Energy car, they use "splitters ".

For the record, my 2018 F-150 XLT Supercrew FX4 2.7 4x4 with 275/65 R18s has an air dam that in front is 8 3/4 inches high.

On the sides, below the headlights, that number goes to 10 1/4 inches high.

If a person is so inclined to use a ratchet (10 mm, I think) 10 little bolts takes the air dam off. Then you have 14 1/4 inches high all the way accross.

Your cousin is wanting a new Ram? It might be great. Or, it might be a bucket of worms.

Lol, all the people that look at the picture of a 4x2 Ford and think the air dam is low, and they likely never bothered looking up close at trucks in person.

I will look at a GM and Ram one when I get a chance, with a tape measure.

The Tundra doesn't have much of an air dam, but its clearance issues are elsewhere. (Things that can't be removed and be operational.)

And yes we overload all the time, yeah it's always an issue it seems

numbers don't mean much at the jobsite, and that why it's always seems to an issue

Posted by: Sean | Jun 1, 2018 1:12:03 PM

As I said no issues, just numbers...

Off topic but I agree with Sean.
Nothing available from Ford or even Ram that can pull like the DMax.
I really don't understand how there can be such a large differential in ratings between manufacturers. Don't say because Ford's are stronger built because they are NOT. What is the magical formula that Ford uses to rate there trucks.

That air dam is terrible. The Ford guys ripped on the GM trucks in 2014 for having "a snow plow" on the front. These days it's the F-150 that's plowing snow. at least until the 2019 Ram 1500 starts filling up dealer lots....

F-150 wins again!
BEST in crash test ratings !

Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | May 31, 2018 3:54:37 PM

Most likely to catch fire in your garage after sitting for hours.

That air dam is terrible. The Ford guys ripped on the GM trucks in 2014 for having "a snow plow" on the front. These days it's the F-150 that's plowing snow. at least until the 2019 Ram 1500 starts filling up dealer lots....
Posted by: Brawndo | Jun 1, 2018 11:25:47 PM

Yeah they didn't waste a second before knocking the 2014+ GM fullsize trucks for having a lower air dam. Even when it was pointed out that the air dam is only held on by 10 bolts, the clowns never let up. I had warned them that all truck makers are going to do it for the easy MPG boost, no matter how small it might be. Now the F-150 is easily an inch lower than the GM trucks and the 2019 Ram 1500 has an air dam that raises and lowers like a real snow plow.

Lol, I do wonder if the air dam complainers have ever measured one? Let alone, walk on a dealerships lot and compared.

The government scores both GM and Ram significantly higher than the independent IIHS does. Yeah, that bankruptcy was completely repaid. SUCKERS!!!

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