Re: Ford's Up/Down Safety Ratings ...Only Conti made the List :thumb:
It's amazing how much Hyundai/Kia have flipped the script from worst to best in terms of both safety and quality. Detroit is definitely the least consistent.
Ford has several problems with IIHS, most of their products can't score good on their small overlap tests. The other problem is the lack of standard (or available) emergency auto-braking which is something the Japanese and Koreas have really pioneered. But I really think IIHS should start testing those systems as well (if they haven't already), it's possible they aren't all equal. Ford is now making the tech standard fairly quickly across the line starting in 2019. It's another case of being late but rolling out on a bigger scale once they show up. And I'm willing to bet Ford has a pretty good system. Their crashworthiness is another issue unfortunately, there's no getting around the reality of bad safety engineering if you flunk those tests while your competitors ace them. They simply made the choice not to prioritize this type of metric but are responding well to regulatory and 3rd party scrutiny and competition. This is why Ford needs a ton of scrutiny for motivation (remember the huge discrepancy in F-150 crashworthiness because of the undisclosed optional reinforcements?). The other problem are Ford's atrocious headlights, which are all equally terrible no matter what kind of fixture you get, but since Lincoln can do better with Continental than it stands to reason it's cost related rather than expertise.
Last edited by Assimilator; 02-14-2018 at 07:48 PM.