Ford F-150 only truck to ace small overlap crash test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has revealed the 2016 Ford F-150 was the only pickup truck to be awarded an overall Good rating.

The latest round of testing saw the agency crash extended and crew cab versions of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 / GMC Sierra 1500, Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra.

The results were a bit of a mixed bag as the small overlap front crash tests revealed a number of models only receive a Marginal rating. These include Tundra CrewMax, Silverado 1500 / Sierra 1500 Crew Cab, and both versions of the Ram 1500.

Extended cab pickups did noticeably better as the Tundra Double Cab and Silverado / Sierra Double Cabs received an Acceptable rating.

The real standout was the F-150 SuperCab which received Good ratings across the board. It was also the only pickup tested to have a Good rating in the lower leg & foot injury category. As a result, the model is a “Top Safety Pick” when equipped with an optional forward collision warning system.

Since all trucks besides the F-150 received a Poor rating in the lower leg & foot injury category, the IIHS is encouraging manufacturers to redesign pickups to resist “intrusion in the lower occupant compartment to safeguard people from serious leg and foot injuries that might require months of rehabilitation.”

Source: IIHS

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