The addition of automatic emergency braking into the 2018 Ford F-150 pickup has earned the truck a better safety ranking from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the nonprofit organization announced Friday.
But the new F-150 qualifies for the IIHS Top Safety Pick rating only when equipped with the optional automatic braking system. Ford packaged its Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go in an F-150 for the first time with the 2018 model.
The safety features helped both the F-150 crew cab and extended cab avoid collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph, IIHS said.
Vehicles must receive the top rating of “Good” in five crashworthiness tests conducted by IIHS as well as be equipped with crash prevention technology in order to be named Top Safety Pick.
The Honda Ridgeline is the best rated truck by IIHS, holding the highest overall designation of Top Safety Pick+. The F-150 is next and is the only full-size pickup truck named a Top Safety Pick by IIHS.
The F-150 missed out on Top Safety Pick+ because its headlights were rated “Poor,” a pervading issue throughout the pickup truck market.