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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, All impacts and body styles
Not yet tested; 2009 model named a Top Safety Pick
“New head restraints”
A few new safety features take the 2010 Ford F-150 even closer to the front of the class.
The 2010 Ford F-150 earns perfect five-star ratings from the NHTSA in every impact category and in all of its varied body configurations. This is an impressive feat for any vehicle, and few automobiles manage to sweep the NHTSA crash-test ratings. The Ford F-150 earned the IIHS’ highest possible rating, ‘Good,’ in both frontal offset and side impact tests. The 2009 Ford F-150 was also named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, and TheCarConnection.com expects similar results for the 2010 edition of the Ford F-150.
The new F-150 lineup is bristling with protective technology, and the list of safety features rivals that of any other pickup on the road. Cars.com writes that the standard safety features “include side curtain airbags to protect front and backseat occupants; antilock brakes; and an electronic stability system with traction control and Roll Stability Control.” Jalopnik adds that additional safety features include “Trailer Sway Control,” which can take control of both braking effort and engine speed to “bring both vehicle and trailer under control.” The 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor also gets Ford’s first-ever “Hill Descent Control,” which Jalopnik says means that “the driver can control hill descent without applying the brakes.” Kelley Blue Book simply calls the safety features list “outstanding,” with additions for 2010 that include “’smart’ airbags and seatbelts and new seats and restraints” that improve rear-end collision protection.
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. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that these efforts have been largely successful, as ConsumerGuide writes that “visibility is generally good in SuperCab and SuperCrew models.” Unfortunately, and somewhat paradoxically, the smaller “regular cab…has huge rear pillars that block a lot to the back corners.”
The 2010 Ford F-150 builds on its safety pedigree with the introduction of Ford’s first-ever Hill Descent assist system in the Raptor.