Every year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluates new vehicles and hands out safety awards accordingly. This year, both the 2018 Ford F-150 crew cab and extended cab received the 2017 Top Safety Pick accolade.
To qualify, a vehicle must earn a ‘good’ rating in at least five crashworthiness tests and score an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. The battery of controlled crashes performed includes driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints.
The F-150 managed to receive a good rating across the board and its crash prevention systems scored a ‘superior’ grade thanks to the emergency collision warning system and optional automatic emergency braking system. When tested by IIHS, the braking system was able to come to a complete stop at both 10 mph and 25 mph.
Unfortunately, a ‘poor’ mark prevented the F-150 from receiving Top Safety Pick + award. As the highest designation handed out by IIHS, vehicles need to meet the previously mentioned criteria and an acceptable or good headlight rating.No matter the trim and variant, every F-150 earned a ‘poor’ rating. This could be caused by inadequate visibility on either side of the vehicle in both straightaway and curves tests.
Aside from its headlights, the F-150 is still one of the most highly rated production pickups sold. No doubt, Ford's upcoming diesel powered F-150 will fare just as well.