2017 Ford F-250 Crew Cab 2WD Gets Better Crash Ratings from the Government than the 4×4 Super Duty [Safety]

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2017 Ford Super Duty NHTSA frontal crash test

The 2017 Ford F-250 Crew Cab (4X2) has earned a five star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The ratings used by the NHTSA are for front collision, side collision, rollover and overall ratings.

The 2017 Ford F-250 Crew Cab (4X4) received a total of four stars. Both trucks did well in all but the rollover rating where the 2017 Ford F-250 Crew Cab (4X2) earned four stars and the 2017 Ford F-250 Crew Cab (4X4) earned three stars. Why is there a difference in crash performance between the 2WD and 4×4 versions of the truck? We have reached out to NHTSA for an answer. Our guess is that the added weight of the 4×4 system has something to do with it.

It’s important to note that the all-new 2017 Super Duty got a better rating (5 stars) when compared to the previous generation Super Duty (4 stars overall).

The 2017 Ford F-250 Supercab (aka. extended cab) and Regular cab pickup trucks were not tested.

This page was copied from the NHTSA website.

There is no Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ratings available for any of the 2017 Ford F-250 trucks yet. We expect to see more scores of the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty later this year.

What’s interesting is that the 2017 Ford F-250 uses basically the same aluminum cab as the new Ford F-150. We have the¬†F-150 safety data.

Check out our first and exclusive¬†towing review of the Ford F-450 Super Duty crew cab 4×4 truck!

We will be keeping a keen eye on the safety scores for other heavy duty pickup trucks. These scores should be available soon.

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