The full-size Ford F-150 pickup is very popular. It continues to be the best-selling truck as people are drawn to its excellent performance, towing prowess, off-road capabilities, configurability and premium features. The Ford F-150 is also one of the safest trucks around, as evidenced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award.
Ford F-150 is one of the safest trucks
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a respected authority for safety assessments. Every year, IIHS conducts safety evaluations and crash tests, and awards Top Safety Pick awards.
Some might think that with their large size, pickup trucks are safe vehicles by providing more protection. However, as of this writing, only four new trucks have earned at least one Top Safety Pick award: the 2023/2022 Ford F-150, 2022 Ram 1500, 2022 Toyota Tundra and 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz.
Additionally, Crew Cab and Extended Cab versions of the F-150 earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick Award. For the other truck models, only Crew Cab versions received the award.
IIHS Top Safety Pick Award for 2023 and 2022 F-150s
The 2023/2022 Ford F-150 pickup scored especially well in IIHS crashworthiness evaluations. From best to worst, IIHS has scores of Good, Fair, Marginal, and Poor. And for all crashworthiness ratings, the F-150 earned a Good rating. This includes a good score for Front Small Overlap – Driver Side, Front Small Overlap – Passenger Side, Front Moderate Overlap – Side, Roof Strength, and Headrests & Seats.
The F-150 also did well in IIHS crash prevention and mitigation evaluations. For these assessments, Superior is the best score, followed by Advanced and Basic. The truck scored Superior in both Standard and Optional Frontal Collision Avoidance: Vehicle-to-Vehicle, as well as Standard Frontal Collision Avoidance: Vehicle-to-Pedestrian. For optional frontal collision avoidance: vehicle to pedestrian, the F-150 received an Advanced rating.
Safety Features on the 2023 F-150
The high level of safety of the 2023 Ford F-150 can be attributed to its strong protective structure, as well as its many safety features. This includes front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags. The F-150 also has AdvanceTrac with roll stability control, cornering control, four-wheel antilock brakes, SOS post-crash alert system and SecuriLock passive anti-theft system.
In addition, the F-150 offers driver assistance technologies that improve safety. This includes the rearview camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist, Intersection Assist, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert and trailer coverage, Ford BlueCruise, Forward Sensing System and Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0.
What are the trim levels for the 2023 Ford F-150?
Prospective buyers of the new 2023 Ford F-150 pickup have no shortage of trim options. This includes the XL, XLT, Rattler, Heritage Edition, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Tremor, Raptor, and Raptor R. The F-150 also offers an all-electric model with the F-150 Lightning. The 2023 F-150 starts at $34,585 MSRP.
As the best-selling model, the Ford F-150 is not only the most popular pickup truck, but also one of the safest. This is evidenced by winning the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick award. If you want a truck that will give you peace of mind and confidence during your adventures and tough jobs, you’ll probably be happy with the F-150.