“No other full-size truck has IIHS small overlap countermeasures, except F-150 SuperCrew. “
“Those countermeasures WILL BE added to 2016 SuperCab and Regularcab.”
When it comes to overalls safety, congratulations Ford as the Ford F-150 earned a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.) But according to their latest press release on the aluminium bodied truck they dropped earlier today (July 30, 2015) it would behoove you to choose the crew cab model over the extended cab model as results from the small overlap test proved quite different between the two. Check out the official photos from IIHS below as well as crash test videos.
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As far as the other tests went, in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints/seats, both truck variants earned Good ratings. The only noticeable difference came from the small overlap front test, a stickler in the side of many car companies since the test was introduced. For the passenger dummies in the crew cab, the entire compartment remained intact. There was plenty of “survival space” for both passenger and driver. But in the extended cab there were significant intrusions from the toepan, parking brake and brake pedal and the likelihood of suffering moderate injuries to your left leg and leftthigh were high. In addition, the steering column came close to the driver’s chest and the airbag provided little protection after the dummies head made impact with the instrument panel.
"“Ford added structural elements to the crew cab’s front frame to earn a good small overlap rating and a TOP SAFETY PICK award but didn’t do the same for the extended cab. That shortchanges buyers who might pick the extended cab thinking it offers the same protection in this type of crash as the crew cab. It doesn’t.”"
When asked what Ford would do about this disparity, a blanket statement from Ford read, “Ford is evaluating possible changes to the extended cab for small offset performance.” But it should be noted that as our first sentence reads, “No other full-size truck has IIHS small overlap countermeasures, except F-150 SuperCrew. “