Ford F-150: Crash Test and Safety Ratings

The most important thing in your Ford F-150 is YOU. Here is an overview of your truck's safety and crash test ratings.

By Scott Deuty - September 15, 2014

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014).

There is no doubt the F-150 is one tough truck. I have experienced this first hand having owned two F-150’s (1986 and 2001) and never did I have to put a windshield in one. Incidentally, I four-wheeled the 1986 to a point where I cracked the frame in half yet I sold it with the original windshield still intact. If you don’t believe Ford builds a tough truck, watch the movie “Mr. Majestic” with Charles Bronson.

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Toughness may speak for structural integrity that protects the vehicle however protecting the occupants has become a high tech feature that is designed into the vehicle. Technology is nothing without a method to evaluate its performance. Fortunately for the consumer, there are crash test results available. In an effort to evaluate vehicle crash performance, two agencies have emerged, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Each is different in their affiliation, method of testing, and rating system. By having both government and private testing available vehicles are held to standards that provide value to the consumer in terms of passenger safety.

NHSTA

NHSTA is an organization under the federal government. NHSTA rates three areas that could result in injury during a car crash: frontal impact, side impact, and roll over. The first two tests are actually measured by crashing the vehicle whereas the third test is a mathematical formula. NHSTA uses a five-star rating system with five being the best and zero being the worst. The 2014 Ford F-150 averaged a rating of 4.22 while scoring a rating of 4.4-stars, two 5-stars, and only one 3-star out of the nine tests that were conducted.

Test Description

Ford F150Chevrolet Silverado
1500
Dodge Ram
1500

GMC Sierra
1500
Toyota
Tundra
Front, Driver

4 Stars

Not Tested 3 Stars 5 Stars 3 Stars
Front, Overall Front 4 Stars Not Tested 2 Stars 5 Stars 4 Stars
Front, Passenger 3 Stars Not Tested 2 Stars 5 Stars 4 Stars
Overall Rollover Rating 4 Stars Not Tested 4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Overall Overall 4 Stars Not Tested 3 Stars 5 Stars 4 Stars
Overall Side 4 Stars Not Tested 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars
Barrier, Side 5 Stars Not Tested 5 Stars 0 Stars 5 Stars
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 Stars Not Tested 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars
Pole, Side 4 Stars Not Tested 1 Star 5 Stars 5 Stars
Pole Barrier Combined, Front 5 Stars Not Tested 3 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars
Pole Barrier Combined, Side 5 Stars Not Tested 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars

Results are for the 2014 Ford F-150 FX2 4x2 Regular Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 126 in. wheel base.

IIHS

IIHS is a nonprofit group that the insurance companies fund. These are the companies that pay out during an accident and figure the insurance rate based on the vehicle’s rating. Therefore, a better-rated vehicle will most likely cost less to insure. The IIHS ranks vehicles using four descriptions: Poor, Marginal, Acceptable and Good. Good is the highest possible rating. The 2014 F-150 scored Good in all but one category in which it scored Acceptable. This means the vehicle is highly rated by insurers.

Head Restraints and Seats

Test Description

Ford F150Cheverolet Silverado
1500
Dodge Ram
1500
GMC Sierra
1500
Toyota Tundra
Dynamic Rating Good Not Tested Good Not Tested Good
Overall Rear Good Not Tested Good Not Tested Good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry Good Not Tested Good Not Tested Good
Chest Good Good Good Good Good
Head and Neck Good Acceptable Good Acceptable Good
Left Leg and Foot Acceptable Good Good Good Good
Overall Front Good Good Good Good Good
Restraints Good Good Good Good Good
Right Leg and Foot Acceptable Good Good Good Good
Structure/safety cage Good Good Good Good Good
Roof Strength Good Not Tested Good Not Tested Marginal
Driver Head Protection Good Not Tested Good Not Tested Good
Driver Head and Neck Good Not Tested Good Not Tested Good
Driver Pelvis and Leg Good Not Tested Good Not Tested Acceptable
Driver Torso Good Not Tested Poor Not Tested Good
Overall Side Good Not Tested Marginal Not Tested Good
Rear Passenger Head Protection Good Not Tested Acceptable Not Tested Good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck Good Not Tested Good Not Tested Good
Rear Passenger Pelvis and Leg Good Not Tested Good Not Tested Good
Rear Passenger Torso Good Not Tested Good Not Tested Good
Structure/Safety Cage, Rear Good Not Tested Good Not Tested Acceptable

DATA based on: 2014 Ford F-150 FX2 4x2 Regular Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 126 in. wheel base.

Technology has introduced computerized control to reduce the chance of roll over, provide safer braking in the form of antilock brakes, and provide energy absorbing designs that implement crumple zones and air bags, thus absorbing impact that could injure passengers. Ford has engineered these features into the F-150 as outlined in U.S. News and World Report. Vehicles keep us from walking. However, few keep us walking away from an accident as well as the F-150.

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