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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Earns 5-Star NHTSA Crash Rating

The all-new, 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty SuperCrew 4×2 is officially a pretty safe place to be in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning a five-star overall score in the agency’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The new truck received a five-star frontal crash test rating, as well, and retained its five-star rating in front and rear side-crash testing.

The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is the only heavy-duty pickup truck to receive the NHTSA’s highest NCAP safety rating, says Ford.

A large part of the Ford Super Duty’s success, according to the automaker, results from its use of high-strength, aluminum-alloy body panels. The resulting weight savings allowed Ford to improve the local frame stiffness at certain locations to provide improved occupant protection, and to use a rigid, fully-boxed frame made up of 95% high-strength steel.

Of course, the safest crash is the one that never occurs at all. To that end, the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty also offers optional safety features such as a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control with collision-mitigation, and a lane-keep alert system, all of which help the driver to exercise more careful control of the truck and avoid collisions.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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