Only one of the full-size pickup trucks included in the latest front crash tests scored the top rating. The AP reports that the 2016 Ford F-150 accomplished the feat, while rival pickups from Chevrolet, GMC, Ram and Toyota fell short. Results were released today by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
“The institute evaluated 2016 models in a small overlap crash test, which replicates what happens when a vehicle runs off the road and a portion of its front end hits a tree or a pole at 40 miles per hour,” the story reports, noting that the popular extended cab and crew cab models were tested.
“The results were a vindication for Ford Motor Co., which switched to a lightweight aluminum body on the F-150 in the 2015 model year in order to increase fuel economy,” the AP notes. “Ford was the first automaker to move away from a steel body on its pickups, and some had questioned whether aluminum would perform as well.”
The AP adds: “Both versions of the Ram pickup were the worst performers on the small overlap test. The institute said the trucks had a poor structure and the force of the crash pushed the instrument panel and steering wheel back toward the dummy.”