Why Didn’t the IIHS Test the Safety of the Regular Cab F-150?
We announced earlier today that Ford’s 2016 F-150 is the safest half-ton pickup truck on sale. That statement comes from the new F-150 getting an overall 5-star crash safety ranking from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). But the IIHS only crashed the SuperCab and SuperCrew. What about the regular cab F-150?
Well, don’t forget that all cab configurations, including the regular cab, have the government’s 5-star overall rating. But when it comes to the IIHS, they simply didn’t test the truck in the regular cab configuration. A spokesman from the IIHS told us, “We decided not to test regular cabs because they represent a small slice of the sales pie.” While that does make sense, we are still curious about that truck in the company’s small overlap test.
We asked Ford about small overlap protection for the regular cab F-150, and spokesman Mike Levine provided us with the following;
“All three cab styles have been designed to perform well during small overlap tests. We have optimized the design of the Regular Cab’s SORB countermeasures to provide similar performance to the other variants.”
So even if you don’t see the 2016 regular cab F-150 listed on the IIHS website, you can reasonably expect similar safety performance when the vehicle is exposed to those test conditions. The government’s crash testing backs up those claims.
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