But headlights are rated “Poor”
The 2018 Ford F-150 received a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But it missed out on the agency’s most prestigious award because of a “Poor” headlight rating.
The F-150 earned “Good” scores in all five crash categories tested by IIHS. Thanks to the newly available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, the F-150 nabbed a “Superior” rating in front crash prevention this time around. In tests, the F-150 was able to completely avoid collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph (20 km/h and 40 km/h). These ratings apply to both crew cab and extended cab models.
Unfortunately, so does the “Poor” headlight rating. IIHS says the standard halogen headlights provide “inadequate visibility in all scenarios,” while the optional LEDs “provide somewhat better visibility, but the low beams create excessive glare for oncoming drivers.” In order to earn a Top Safety Pick+ award, the agency’s highest honor, vehicles must earn an “Acceptable” or “Good” score in the headlight test.
IIHS has not yet issued a rating for the new passenger-side small overlap test. This evaluation will be added to the 2018 awards cycle, and it replicates what happens when the right corner of the car hits an object or another vehicle at 40 mph (64 km/h).
America’s top-selling truck receives a host of updates for the 2018 model year. In addition to new safety technologies, the F-150 offers a revised set of engines, including a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel. The 2018 model also expands the availability of the 10-speed automatic transmission throughout the lineup and receives a host of styling updates.