The pickup scored good marks in all five IIHS categories.

With a high-strength steel frame, an equally durable aluminum body, and plenty of added safety features, the Ford F-150 is one of the safest pickups on the road. For 2017, that safety has been recognized furthermore by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS today announced the F-150 as a 2017 Top Safety Pick.

With "Good" ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests – driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints – as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, the F-150 was given the prestigious honor. Both the crew cab and extended cab versions of the F-150 meet those criteria with the optional autobrake feature equipped.

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According to the IIHS, the F-150 avoided collisions in track tests at 12 miles per hour (19 kilometers per hour) and 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers per hour), thanks in part to the optional forward collision warning component that meets NHTSA standards. The only two areas where the F-150 fell short was in the headlight test, where it received a Poor rating, and in the child seat latch ease of use test, where received a Marginal rating.

Along with five-star safety, the Ford F-150 comes with plenty of performance to boot. The pickup comes with the option of either a 3.3-liter V6 good for 265 pound-feet (359 Newton-meters) of torque, a 2.7-liter biturbo V6 good for 400 pound-feet (542 Newton-meters) of torque, a 3.5-liter biturbo V6 good for 470 pound-feet (637 Newton-meters) of torque, or a 5.0-liter V8 good for 400 pound-feet (542 Newton-meters) of torque. All engines, apart from the base V6, come aired to a new 10-speed automatic.

The 2018 Ford F-150 starts at just $27,380 for the base XL trim, with the range-topping Limited model coming in at $60,520. No matter the trim, the F-150 remains one of the safest pickups you can buy today.

Source: IIHS

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Ford has added optional superior-rated front crash prevention to its iconic F-150, helping the large pickup qualify for a safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

To earn the 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK award, a vehicle must have good ratings in five IIHS crashworthiness tests — driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

Both the crew cab and the extended cab versions of the F-150 meet those criteria when equipped with optional front crash prevention. The F-150 avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph. It also has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

The F-150's headlights fall short of the acceptable or good rating needed to qualify for the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. All the available headlights on the F-150 are rated poor. The base halogen headlights have inadequate visibility in all scenarios. The optional LED headlights provide somewhat better visibility, but the low beams create excessive glare for oncoming drivers.