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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Top Safety Pick
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.
The two major sources of crash-test data haven't tested all the different body styles of the latest F-150, but with the conclusion they have drawn--and with its extensive list of safety features--the F-150 earns a spot on the safe-trucks list.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has updated its test scores for the 2013 model year, and it gives the F-150 four stars overall, with a mixed rating of three stars for front-impact protection and five stars for side-impact safety on Super Crew models, and four stars and five stars respectively for other body styles. No small-overlap tests have been performed yet on the truck.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), meanwhile, had already given the F-150 its Top Safety Pick award, with top 'good' results in frontal, side, and rear impact tests. It's worth noting that the F-150 only manages 'acceptable' scores for foot injury in the frontal test.
Even more importantly, the F-150 is the only one of the Big 3 full-size trucks to achieve 'good' scores in the important, rollover-related IIHS roof-strength test.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 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. Power trailer mirrors are a new feature for the 2013 model year.
The F-150's crash tests have produced mixed results, but it's earned the IIHS' Top Safety Pick award.