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2012 Ford F-150 Super Crew: Top Safety Pick
2012 Ford F-150 Super Crew: four stars overall
Visibility is generally good in SuperCab and SuperCrew models, but the regular cab, which forfeits its former access door, has huge rear pillars that block a lot to the back corners.
Safety is becoming more of a concern even in full-size pickup trucks, and with regular refinements to its features and its running gear, the Ford F-150 has kept pace with tough new crash-test regimens.
Both agencies have tested the latest F-150, but test scores are incomplete. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the F-150 Super Crew its Top Safety Pick award, but hasn't detailed results for other body styles.
The same is true, to some extent, for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It gives Super Crews four stars overall, with a mixed rating of three stars for front-impact protection and five stars for side-impact safety. The NHTSA has not yet tested other body styles, either, but applies the five-star side-impact test to the lineup as a whole.Overall, the F-150 lineup is bristling with protective technology, and the list of safety features rivals that of any other pickup on the road—including side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control with Roll Stability Control. There's also Trailer Sway Control, which can take control of both braking effort and engine speed to help stay stable, while the 2012 F-150 lineup also gets Ford's first-ever Hill Descent Control, for safe descents down slippery slopes. A rearview camera is available, as are parking sensors and Bluetooth.
One of the problems with driving large trucks is poor visibility, but Ford has taken steps to improve sightlines from the driver's seat of the F-150. Some reviewers have pointed to the huge rear pillars, especially in Regular Cab models, as an issue.
Some crash results are in, and they're a mixed bag, but the 2012 Ford F-150 has more safety add-ons than any other full-size pickup.