Ford F-150’s Smashing Achievement

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When Ford made the decision to switch to an aluminum body on the 2015 Ford F-150, people questioned a lot of things. Would it rust? Would it be as durable? How would it handle in a crash? To address that last concern, we know the truck does very well. The 2015 F-150 is the only truck to score a 5 star safety rating in all frontal and side crashes for both their SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations.

For me, when it comes to a serious accident, I want to be the safest I possibly could be. In that time of impact, I don’t care how the truck’s body holds up, as long as the passenger compartment stays in tact. And that’s how modern vehicles are designed to crash; dissipating all the energy around the passenger compartment.

Vehicles, include trucks, are infinitely safer now because of it.

So why is Ford the only one capable of getting the highest marks in truck land?

All New F-150 Frame

The most logical answer is that the truck is the newest. By simply being newer, it has the benefit of using more advanced safety developments than trucks that came along prior. Also, any changes to the test that have happened recently Ford can prepare for.

Crash breakdown

Half-ton crash test ratings. (Photo: Mike Levine)


But honestly, that doesn’t give the other OEMs a pass on their trucks. While many truck buyers probably don’t list safety as their number one concern when purchasing a new truck. But, as we know through recent reports, trucks are getting more expensive and people are using them for more than just typical truck duty.

That means a typical truck driver might have their spouse or children with them at any given time. That means safety is even more important now than it ever was in trucks.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is the government entity that crash-tests vehicles to determine safety. Every vehicle at one point or another goes through this crash test, and they are rated in several areas. The major areas are front and side impacts, and then protection in a rollover.

It should be noted that the 2015 F-150 only achieved 4 stars in the rollover test, but that’s still the highest score in half-ton pickup trucks right now.

2015 Ford F-150 frame and body

Chevrolet does well with their Silverado crew cab, acing the test the same way that Ford does. But their extended cab falls a tad short in the side impact test.

Ram and Toyota all do well in the side impact, but come up short on all the front tests. And honestly, I’m not sure why, especially with the Ram. That particular truck was refreshed heavily in 2013, which wasn’t that long ago.

I wouldn’t declare the other trucks unsafe by any means, and I wouldn’t say a 4 star rating is a reason to not buy a particular brand, but I think that if I were in an accident I’d want to be in the safest truck possible, and that’s a 2015 Ford F-150.

What do you think? Let us know in the forums!

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

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