2011 F150 Scores Only 3 Stars In Government Safety Tests
Last week we published a comprehensive table of 2011 pickup truck crash test ratings, and today we’ve got updated crash test results from the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) website detailing the crash test results of the Ford F-150.
While the 2011 F150 scored an overall crash test rating of 4 stars, the F-150 only scored 3 stars in frontal impacts, making it the second worst truck in terms of frontal impact safety among products for Chevy/GMC, Toyota, and Ram. Only the Ram 1500 scored worse – a paltry 2 stars. Fortunately for Ford, their strong performance in IIHS crash test studies seems to indicate that, overall, the F150 is comparably safe to the Tundra as well as trucks for Chevy and GMC.
Still, technically speaking,
the F150 did not perform as well as the Tundra in the NHTSA tests the F150 had a lower front impact score, but as noted by Tim in the comments, the F150 did slightly better than the Tundra in a couple of ways (albeit small ways)…so the performance is likely closer to “equal” between the Tundra and the F150 than it is towards the Tundra.
As far as Chevy and GMC are concerned, the Tundra all but tied the GM trucks in NHTSA tests while significantly outperforming them in the IIHS tests…which means that the Tundra performed better overall than the GM trucks as well.
Finally, no truck tested has performed worse than the Ram 1500. Not only did the Ram score only 2 stars in frontal crash tests, NHTSA’s side-impact tests results came with a safety warning.
Clearly this is good news for 2011 Tundra owners and great news for consumers in general (unless they own a Ram 1500, that is). Trucks are much safer today than they were not even 10 years ago.
2011 Ford F150 Crash Test Videos
Frontal Impact Crash Test
Check out how much the front of the truck compressed…you would think that this much bending and breaking would expend a lot of energy and give the Ford a better rating.
Side Impact Crash Test
Ford scored a perfect 5 stars in side impact tests, but so did everyone else. The Ram’s side impact score was tarnished, however, by a “safety warning” during the pole side impact test.
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