2011 Ford F-150 Earns Top Safety Picks From IIHS

Zach Gale on May 12 2011

Power and towing capacity may be more important to some truck buyers than good safety ratings, but that hasn’t stopped the Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra from earning the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Becoming a Top Safety Pick requires a vehicle to score a “good” rating in the front, side, rear, and rollover crash tests. The Ford F-150, traditionally the best-selling vehicle in the United States, has a new engine lineup for the 2011 model year. Only F-150s made after February 2011 — when Ford made changes to the truck’s roof structure — are considered part of the F-150′s Top Safety Pick designation. At the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2011 Ford F-150 scored a four-star overall rating (out of a possible five stars).
The Toyota Tundra also become a Top Safety Pick, thanks to its previous “good” test scores in the front, side, and rear impact results plus its ability to withstand a force of 4.5 times its weight (the F-150 withstood a force 4.7 times its weight). Like the Ford, the Toyota has a four-star overall safety rating at the NHTSA.
The Nissan Titan is next in line with the IIHS’s ratings. The Titan’s “acceptable” rating was limited by the truck’s strength-to-weight ratio of about 3.6 — a rating of at least 4 is required for a “good” rating.
Unfortunately, the other domestic pickups did not fare so well during testing. The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500 each earned a “marginal” rating from the IIHS. While the Nissan Titan hasn’t been rated by the NHTSA since the organization made the safety tests more stringent, the Silverado has a four-star overall rating and the Ram scored three stars overall. If you were shopping for a full sized truck, how important would safety be?

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