For more on this story, 2015 Ford F-150s Crash Ratings Vary By Model: Report please visit AutoGuide.com.There are discrepancies between Ford F-150 models and their crash test results.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that the 2015 Ford F-150 swept the agency’s full slate of crashworthiness evaluations, resulting in a Top Safety Pick award with the F-150 extended cab model receiving a good performance in four of the five assessments, faltering in the small overlap front test with a marginal rating. What’s strange is that the Ford F-150 crew cab, which the American automaker brands as the SuperCrew, earned good ratings for occupant protection on all five tests, including the small overlap front.
The good news is that for the Ford F-150 being the first mass-market vehicle with an all-aluminum body it’s just as crashworthy as its steel-body predecessor. The bad news is not all the Ford F-150 models offer the same protection in a small overlap crash, but why?
According to IIHS, the extended cab model on the small overlap front crash test saw its intruding structure seriously compromising the driver’s survival space, resulting in a poor structural rating. In the crew cab model’s case, the F-150’s occupant compartment remained intact with the “front-end structure crumpled in a way that spared the occupant compartment significant intrusion and preserved survival space for the driver.”
This is all because the American automaker added structural elements to the crew cab’s front frame to earn a good small overlap rating but didn’t do the same for the extended cab model. After notifying Ford, the automaker responded by saying that it’s evaluating possible changes to the extended cab for small offset performance.
Digging deeper, the Ford F-150 SuperCrew essentially comes with what Ford calls “protectors” in front of and behind each front wheel, which is being attributed to the better crash test results.
Ford spokesman Mike Levine spoke to Automotive News via email, saying ...