The 2021 Ford F-150 has been awarded the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which is a significant improvement over last year, when poor headlights prevented it from earning the IIHS award. The IIHS made the announcement Tuesday.
While the availability of upgraded headlamps was enough to push the F-150 over the line and become a Top Safety Pick, those headlights that aren’t standard across the range kept it from the more exclusive Top Safety Pick Plus award.
To qualify for the Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must qualify as good or better in the six rigorous IIHS crash tests: small and moderate driver and passenger overlap, roof strength and head restraints. You must also have a collision prevention system available that scores Advanced or Superior on vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests.
The F-150’s Top Safety Pick award makes it the second full-size truck to earn the award for the 2021 model year. The other truck is the 2021 Ram 1500.