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IIHS Confirms: Ford F150 is the Safest Full Size Pickup


The Ford F150 reinforces the fact that it's the best full size pickup in the American market. It did so by beating all other contenders in the IIHS crash test for both larger model types, the crew cab and the extended cab versions. The Overhyped Dodge Ram fared the worst and needed a special mention.

What do you guys think?

https://youtu.be/_V5WGkRZQOU
 

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More proof...


Only three out of seven full-size pickup trucks crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway earned an acceptable rate or higher when it comes to the toughest safety test.
And only one, the Ford F-150, received the highest rating of "good" and was named a Top Safety Pick.
“Ford is leading the way among large pickup manufacturers when it comes to protecting people in a range of crashes and offering technology to warn drivers of imminent frontal crashes,” says Raul Arbelaez, vice president of the Institute’s Vehicle Research Center.
The institute, the safety arm of the insurance industry, says it tested two different configurations for each pickup, the crew cab and extended cab.
The toughest test by IIHS, the one that has tripped makers of cars and trucks alike, is what is called the small overlap crash test. In it, a vehicle is crashed in a way that simulates hitting a pole or other narrow object on one side of the front or the other.
The pickups that fared poorest in that crucial test were the Ram 1500 Crew Cab and the Ram 1500 Quad Cab. Both were handed a marginal rating overall, IIHS says.
How pickups fared in the IIHS crash tests (Photo: IIHS)
 

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Indeed.
Also, I did not realize GM trucks rated so poor.
Neither did the loud-mouths over at GMI; most are speechless..........

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I'm most impressed on how quickly Ford updated the "wheel bars" across the whole lineup.
The K2XX's came out 3 years ago now, the new F-150 is 18 months into its life-cycle.

How long do you think Ford knew about this problem? but I agree the fix was implemented expeditiously!

And the Crew Cab, by far the most popular body-style tested well from day-one; I wonder how long GM has known their trucks were so bad? And to make bad worse, their most popular style is the worst.
 

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Does the Chevy shake manifest itself on the new trucks also, or limited to the previous ones only. Apparently some Ram trucks also seem to have this problem...

Someone at Ford marketing must make use of this... A clear home run... Especially rub it in to the Ram faithful....
 

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Does the Chevy shake manifest itself on the new trucks also, or limited to the previous ones only. Apparently some Ram trucks also seem to have this problem...

Someone at Ford marketing must make use of this... A clear home run... Especially rub it in to the Ram faithful....
Or the Chevy guys with their Grizzly Bear and steel/aluminum cages ...............

Something like, yeah this truck is aluminum, and this one is steel, but after seeing the IIHS video, which one do you want to put your wife and children into!?

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The toughest test by IIHS, the one that has tripped makers of cars and trucks alike, is what is called the small overlap crash test. In it, a vehicle is crashed in a way that simulates hitting a pole or other narrow object on one side of the front or the other.
Because of their weight, trucks have a huge disadvantage in this test. In reality, they should use a standard pole, which would likely be snapped off when a heavier vehicle strikes it, reducing the deceleration rate of force, and the damage to the vehicle/occupants.
 

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Because of their weight, trucks have a huge disadvantage in this test. In reality, they should use a standard pole, which would likely be snapped off when a heavier vehicle strikes it, reducing the deceleration rate of force, and the damage to the vehicle/occupants.
The small off-set test was created because of the number of fatalities in this situation. The emphasis has always been full head-on, or making contact with one of the frame rails (moderate off-set).

Every car you pass on the road has the potential to cross the center-line, I have never witnessed a pole crossing into my lane. :wink2:
 

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Every car you pass on the road has the potential to cross the center-line, I have never witnessed a pole crossing into my lane. :wink2:
Yes, but I think the heavier vehicle would have even a more pronounced advantage in an offset crash against a lighter vehicle.


Suppose an F-150 and a Chevy Spark were coming toward each other, both at a steady 40mph. If one crossed the line and there was an offset crash, the much heavier F-150 would continue forward after the strike, reducing the abruptness of the stop. The Spark would not only stop abruptly, but the force from the F-150 would likely send it backwards, causing the driver to experience much more g-force and potential injuries.
 

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Yes, but I think the heavier vehicle would have even a more pronounced advantage in an offset crash against a lighter vehicle.


Suppose an F-150 and a Chevy Spark were coming toward each other, both at a steady 40mph. If one crossed the line and there was an offset crash, the much heavier F-150 would continue forward after the strike, reducing the abruptness of the stop. The Spark would not only stop abruptly, but the force from the F-150 would likely send it backwards, causing the driver to experience much more g-force and potential injuries.
Can't throw in "hypothetical" what if you cross the line and it is a Semi Truck with a Trailer full of Chevy Sparks?..................

I never proclaimed to know/understand anything more than basic physics, but two cars each going 50 MPH running into each other is not the same as one car going into a wall at 100, because even-though the "impact" is at 100, but they both take a portion of the impact.

http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2012/10/01/mythbusters-on-head-on-collisions/

Now if they were the same size 50/50 split would be expected, I am not at all sure how much that changes (if at all) when it is a F150 hits a Spark......... What if you are going 40 and the Spark is going 60?

What if, what if, what if..............

What if you were in a Silverado..........

What if you were in a Ram................

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Screw the truck vs a Spark. These are real-life pictures taken by me. 2000 Dodge Neon vs Freightliner Columbia. My daughter was in the passenger seat of the Freightliner. All 4 in the Neon died. It ran a stop sign and hit the Freightliner perpendicular in the passenger steer tire. The truck was going 30mph, the Neon and estimated 60mph.

edit: btw you can see the Neon's driver door sticking out between the fuel tank and the passenger door of the Freightliner
 

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