The 2018 model year adds an optional automatic emergency braking system that received a 'superior' rating.

The Ford F-150 has retained its Top Safety Pick rating for the 2018 model year, thanks to a new automatic emergency braking (AEB) system.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tightened its Top Safety Pick qualifications for 2017, requiring vehicles to upgrade from 'basic' front crash prevention to 'advanced-' or 'superior-' rated systems.

The latest F-150 completely avoided a collision at 12 mph and 25 mph, earning the top 'superior' rating.

The pickup would have joined the Top Safety Pick+ club, however its headlights are among the worst in the segment. All three headlight trims, ranging from the base model to the expensive Platinum package and Raptor edition, received a 'poor' rating for inadequate illumination and excessive glare.

The Honda Ridgeline is currently the only large pickup with a TSP+ award.