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2017 Ford F-150

large pickup / Extended cab pickup

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention

2017 Ford F-150 Extended cab pickup
2016 Ford F-150 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Optional system
Basic

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCab 2wd

The Ford F-150 SuperCab was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Beginning with 2016 models, "wheel blockers" like those in the SuperCrew variants were added to the vehicle frame to better control front wheel movement during small overlap frontal crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1603
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Footrest (cm) 10
Left toepan (cm) 11
Brake pedal (cm) 12
Parking brake (cm) 7
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 6
Upper dash (cm) 5
Lower instrument panel (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1603
Head
HIC-15 188
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Femur (kN)
Left 1.6
Right 3.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 1
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.58
Right 0.49
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.5
Right 1.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 117
Right 51

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCab 2wd

The Ford F-150 SuperCab was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Two moderate overlap frontal tests were conducted, one by the Institute of a 2016 model and the other by Ford of a 2015 model as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests, but the vehicle specifications shown below are based on the Institute’s test.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the Institute's moderate overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well (Institute test vehicle shown).

In the Institute's test, the dummy's head contacted both the frontal and side curtain airbags and then rebounded against the head restraint, as indicated by smeared greasepaint.

Although intrusion into the driver's space was minimal in both tests, forces on the right lower leg were sufficiently high to indicate the possibility of injuries.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1503 CEF1604
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 9 2
Left (cm) 9 1
Center (cm) 13 1
Right (cm) 12 1
Brake pedal (cm) 8 1
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1 -1
Right (cm) 0 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 8 -2
Rearward (cm) 2 -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1503 CEF1604
Head
HIC-15 170 208
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21 12
Maximum Nij 0.26 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30 25
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3 0.7
Femur force - right (kN) 0.5 0.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0 4
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.42 0.47
Maximum tibia index - right 0.55 0.45
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.7 2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 6.3 3.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 72 75
Right 136 95

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCab 2wd

The Ford F-150 SuperCab was redesigned for the 2015 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with the front door removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1507
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -15.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1507
Head HIC-15 118
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 26
Lateral force (kN) 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.57
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.38
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.3
Combined force (kN) 3.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 101
A-P moment (Nm) -32

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1507
Head HIC-15 117
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 27
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34
Average deflection (mm) 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.44
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.44
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5
Combined force (kN) 2.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 102
A-P moment (Nm) 24

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCab 2wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,596 lbs
Peak force 24,536 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.34

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Power cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 24
Distance below top of head (mm) 26
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 14.9
Head contact time (ms) 54
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 419

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Optional Collision Warning with Brake Support

Package name

  • Optional Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2015-17 models

Basic
Basic
with optional equipment
  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • Autobrake not available.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • XL trim
  • XLT trim
  • Lariat trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • XL trim
  • XLT trim
  • Lariat trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 54.7 m None
Straightaway left edge 37.9 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 41.8 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 38.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 36.0 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 35.0 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 145.8 m
Straightaway left edge 121.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 58.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 57.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 44.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 45.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • Lariat trim equipped with Equipment Group 502A package
  • King Ranch trim equipped with Equipment Group 601A package
  • Platinum trim equipped with Equipment 701A package
  • Limited trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Lariat trim equipped with Equipment Group 502A package
  • King Ranch trim equipped with Equipment Group 601A package
  • Platinum trim equipped with Equipment 701A package
  • Limited trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 76.4 m 54.7 %
Straightaway left edge 36.2 m 54.7 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 40.9 m 23.7 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 37.9 m 96.3 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 36.7 m 27.4 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 34.5 m 115.6 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 174.8 m
Straightaway left edge 148.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 51.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 50.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 44.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 42.6 m

Trim level(s)

  • King Ranch trim
  • Platinum trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • King Ranch trim
  • Platinum trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 76.4 m 54.7 %
Straightaway left edge 36.2 m 54.7 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 40.9 m 23.7 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 37.9 m 96.3 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 36.7 m 27.4 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 34.5 m 115.6 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 174.8 m
Straightaway left edge 148.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 51.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 50.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 44.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 42.6 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim XLT SuperCab
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim XLT SuperCab
Seat type cloth
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) -2-0
Force (lbs) 4
Clearance angle (degrees) 76
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) -2-0
Force (lbs) 1
Clearance angle (degrees) 71
Tether anchor
Location Back wall
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Back wall
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) -2-0
Force (lbs) 3
Clearance angle (degrees) 78
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) -2-0
Force (lbs) 1
Clearance angle (degrees) 76
Tether anchor
Location Back wall
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated