2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Earns Highest Safety Rating

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Earns Highest Safety Rating

The all-new Ford Super Duty pickup earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Ford attributes the safety rating to smart engineering, pointing to more local frame stiffness at strategic locations to deliver considerable improvement in occupant protection. The Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4×2 is the first and only heavy-duty pickup truck to earn a five-star rating in NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Compared to its predecessor, the new Super Duty improves to five stars in the frontal driver rating, while the side crash ratings for front and rear remain five stars.

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Like the F-150, Ford turned to high-strength, military-grade aluminum to shave weight, shedding up to 350 pounds from the pickup truck. The weight savings was then reinvested into an all-new fully boxed frame that is more than 95-percent high-strength steel and up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame. There’s also plenty of high-tech features to boost convenience and safety, like a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation, lane-keeping alert and inflatable seatbelts.

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