F-150 Earns Highest Possible Crash Safety Rating EVER

20 Apr

The innovative Ford F-150 SuperCrew has earned the government’s highest possible crash safety rating –  adding to the F-150’s strengths as the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 EVER.

F150 silverThe 2015 F-150 SuperCrew has earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program, due to 31 new safety-related innovations developed by the Ford truck team.

“The five-star safety rating is a terrific example of One Ford collaboration and innovation,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Our truck team worked together for years to deliver this accomplishment, using an unprecedented combination of advanced materials throughout the all-new F-150. The 2015 model is engineered to be the safest F-150 ever, which matters to customers who depend on this truck to not only get the job done, but also get them safely home.”
F150 insideAll-new F-150 safety features include an advanced restraint system with dual-stage airbags, Curve Control – a technology that will slow the vehicle when it senses the truck is going too fast for a particular curve, and available inflatable rear safety belts in SuperCrew models – a segment-first innovation. It also features a slew of driver assist technologies, including several class-exclusive features such as adaptive cruise control and active park assist.

As we all know, safety starts with the foundation of the vehicle: the frame. Engineers added an extra crossmember and increased the use of high-strength steel to improve stiffness, durability and safety – while also helping reduce the frame’s weight by up to 60 pounds.

“The team had to invent new ways to manage crash energy, because advanced materials like high-strength steel behave differently,” said Matt Niesluchowski, Ford truck safety manager. “We found that changing certain shapes led to a weight reduction, while also improving crash performance.”

NCAP_5_star_logoSafety engineers also developed a patented 12-corner front crush horn. What is a front crush horn? It’s used to dissipate more energy in a front impact. This uncommonly- shaped structure helps manage crash forces so the frame buckles in a predictable manner. This helps to  keep those forces away from people in the cabin. This is just one of the 31 new safety-related transformations the team developed to make the F-150 safer during collisions.

So, what’s up with all this talk of the aluminum alloy body? What IS it exactly? Is it REALLY safe? It’s actually high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy and it’s amazing in both safety, durability and fuel economy.

Safety-wise, the truck’s cab features hydroformed roof rails that constitute a cage-like structure around the doors, extruded roof bows to provide lateral strength across the top of the cab, and extruded rocker rails near the bottom to reinforce lower body strength.

F150 2015How various parts of the truck were joined also yielded safety improvements. In many cases, welding was not the most effective way to join parts, so the team developed and patented methods to connect parts using high-strength adhesives. This resulted in structural strength equal to or greater than traditional welds.

This stunning feat of engineering is also no slouch in the fuel efficiency department. It includes the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-sized gasoline pickup on the market, plus best-in-class towing and payload ratings. The F-150’s increased performance and fuel efficiency is due to a whopping 700-pound weight savings through the use of high-strength steel in the frame; high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in the body; and smart engineering by innovators over at the Ford truck team.  

The inventive new truck can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds than the 2014 model, and it has the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-sized gasoline pickup on the market.

When equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine, the all-new F-150 4×2 returns EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Actual mileage will vary.

We have many stunning new F-150’s to choose from – why not test drive one of these ingenious new vehicles and see what all the talk is about!