ARLINGTON, Va. (MEDIA GENERAL) – The Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. and the first mass-market vehicle with an all-aluminum body, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In recent crash tests, the truck performed differently depending on which version was put to the test.
The F-150 crew cab did very well qualifying for a “2015 Top Safety Pick” award. The “SuperCrew,” as Ford calls it, earned good ratings for protecting everyone riding inside in all five crash test evaluations.
The extended cab, called the “SuperCab,” earned good ratings as well in most of the crash tests. But, when it came to the protection for riders in a small overlap front crash, it only earned a marginal rating.
“Consumers who wondered whether the aluminum-body F-150 would be as crashworthy as its steel-body predecessor can consider the question answered,” said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer.
Beyond safety, another thing to consider with the new aluminum F-150 is cost. The IIHS evaluated repair costs between the new body style and the old steel body. In most cases, it took longer to fix the new aluminum truck and parts cost more raising the cost to fix the new truck by 26 percent. But, Ford disagrees with those findings.
Following the release of the test results, Ford released the following statement.
“We do not agree with the repair costs and findings by IIHS. Real-world repair costs for the 2015 F-150 to date are comparable to or less than other full-size pickups and an average $869 more affordable to repair than last year’s F-150 – not the higher numbers released after crash stunts orchestrated by IIHS and others. These costs are being tracked by Assured Performance, an independent body shop certification company that works with leading automakers. Insurance companies agree with the new F-150’s repair costs – with both Allstate and State Farm saying insurance costs for the new F-150 will remain comparable with 2014 models. Consumer Reports analysis also shows that the aluminum parts on the F-150 cost about the same as steel parts on last year’s truck and because the new F-150 is designed to make replacing components easier, in many cases labor charges may be lower.”
The results for the Ford F-150 are just the first in a series of large pickup testing the Institute plans to conduct this year.