The 2018 Ford F-150 comes with so many updates this year that you might not recognize America’s best-selling truck anymore.
For starters, the new 10-speed automatic transmission is available on all models except the entry-level XL trim and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel has been added to the long list of engine options, but drivers with families should be happy to hear the new F-150 was recently named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
This news might have shocked Ford enthusiasts just a few years ago when the company introduced the aluminum body for the F-150 pickup. However, this design has proven durable–and along with its high-strength steel frame–the 2018 F-150 was able to ace all five crashworthiness tests the IIHS put it through, according to Motor Trend.
Additionally, the new F-150 was given a “Superior” rating in the front crash prevention category thanks to its optional Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection technolgy.
People familiar with IIHS rankings know the best safety-rating possible is Top Safety Pick+, so why didn’t the new F-150 earned the top honor?
The answer is simple. It’s because of its headlights.
To earn Top Safety Pick+ distinction, an automobile must earn at least an “Acceptable” rating in the headlight test.
Both headlight options for the 2018 F-150 were given “Poor” scores by the IIHS. The halogen lights, which come standard on the truck, were criticized by the government agency because they offered “inadequate visibility in all scenarios.” In addition, the optional LEDs were described as “somewhat better,” but its low beams were deemed to create “excessive glare for oncoming drivers.”
The F-150 is the flagship product of Ford’s current lineup with more than 600,000 F-Series trucks sold this year, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Ford did something to address those poorly-rated headlights in the not too distant future.