2016 Ford F-150 Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick In All Configurations
Only Fullsize Truck to Earn Designation
Ford touted the safety performance of the then-new 2015 F-150, noting the SuperCrew configuration of the truck attained a “good” rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, other configurations of the truck, such as the regular cab and SuperCab (extended), fell short of the stellar crash performance of the SuperCrew, prompting a closer look at the design and structure of the other models. It was found that SuperCrews were equipped with steel wheelwell blockers at the front and rear, which prevented cab intrusion by the front wheels in a severe frontal collision. Non SuperCrew models did not have the blockers.
For 2016, all body styles of the F-150 are equipped with the wheel blockers, helping the best-selling truck earn the coveted IIHS “Top Safety Pick” designation for all cab configurations. In addition to the wheel blockers, the 2016 F-150 also includes rocker panel reinforcements and nylon hinge pillar reinforcements. The only factor keeping the F-150 from attaining the TSP+ designation is its lack of automatic emergency braking.
The F-150 was the only 1/2-ton truck to get “Good” ratings across the board in all of IIHS’ tested categories, which consist of Overall, Structure, Restraint & Kinematics, Head & Neck, Chest, Hip & Thigh, and Lower Leg & Foot. The Silverado 1500 Double Cab received Acceptable ratings (one step below Good) in Overall and Structure, Good ratings in all other categories except Lower foot & leg, in which it received a Poor rating. Most of the other tested models, including the GMC Sierra, Toyota Tundra, and Ram 1500, received Good ratings in Restraint & Kinematics, Head & Neck, Chest and Hip & Thigh. All other models tested received a Poor rating in the Lower Leg & Foot test.
You can watch the video below showing the crash performance of all the trucks tested below.