Safety Mettle: Aluminum-Body Ford F-150 Crew Cab Aces Tests

This article describes the aluminum-body 2015 Ford F-150 crew cab’s and extended crew cab’s rating results in the full ranges of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crashworthiness evaluations. The author notes that this vehicle qualified for a 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK award, with only the small overlap test result less than a good rating. The regular crew cab F-150 vehicle earns good rating for all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, but the extended cab received only a marginal rating for occupant protection in the small overlap front crash. The IIHS chose this vehicle to test not only because it is very popular with consumers, but it is also the first mass-market vehicle with an all-aluminum body. The article includes a table comparing the two vehicles side-by-side as well as photographs demonstrating how the crew cab looks after the small overlap front crash test. One sidebar notes that although the Ford F-150 crew cab scores high marks for crashworthiness, but the aluminum-body pickup costs more to repair after minor crashes than its steel-body predecessor; photos illustrate exactly what can happen in a crash.

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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Photos;
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  • Accession Number: 01576828
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 23 2015 10:34PM