Ford F-150 Loses IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating for 2017

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Has the 2017 Ford F-150 Been Knocked off the Throne?

The new 2017 Ford F-150 is a safe truck. There’s no disputing that claim. For 2017, though, the Ford F-150 fell from one of the top safety lists coveted my manufacturers. The 2017 is no longer a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. Why?

Earlier today, the IIHS released their 2017 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ recipients. To get a TSP+, vehicles needed to get all Good ratings in the crash testing. They also need Advanced or Superior accident avoidance technology. Finally, they need Good or Acceptable headlights.

To get a Top Safety Pick (without the plus), vehicles have to meet the crash and accident avoidance requirements. If they meet those but not the headlights, they’re a Top Safety Pick.

We’ve already reported that the IIHS isn’t fond of the headlights on the F-150. Both the halogen and LED offerings don’t pass their tests to get a Good or Acceptable rating.

The only pickup truck to have superior lighting is the Honda Ridgeline, which is a 2017 Top Safety Pick+.

The F-150 has a Good rating in all the crash tests the IIHS performs. The F-150 even has accident avoidance technology. That fancy tech helped them be a Top Safety Pick last year.

This year to be a Top Safety Pick you had to have an Advanced or Superior rating for the accident avoidance tech. According to the IIHS, the F-150’s accident avoidance tech is Basic.

The F-150 is still a safe truck. It’s still the safest full-size pickup truck you can buy today. Even if it’s no longer a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, it’s still something you can feel safe buying.

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Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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