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Trevor Collett | Sep, 24 2015 | 6 Comments

Ford’s updated Ranger pickup for the 2016 model year has been awarded the maximum 5-star safety rating during the latest round of testing.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) confirmed this week that the updated model will carry over the previous model’s 5-star rating for all variants.

Therefore, all Rangers for 2016 are rated at the maximum 5-stars for safety regardless of engine, body shape or its place in the model pecking order.

Prior to early 2014, 2WD single cab-chassis Rangers only were rated at 4-stars due to a lack of standard side airbags. Ford then added the necessary airbags, and the Ranger has been rated at 5-stars for all variants since.

The 2016 Ranger scored 36.72 out of 37 possible points, and was rated at ‘Good’ (the maximum) for head, neck and leg protection in both front seats, while the driver’s chest protection was rated at ‘Acceptable’ and the passenger’s at Good.

Whiplash protection was also rated at Good, while pedestrian safety was rated at Acceptable.

Safety features include stability/traction control, ABS anti-lock brakes, six air-bags, emergency stop signal, cruise control, adjustable speed limiter, trailer sway control, plus (in 4WD models) hill-start assist and hill descent control.

Emergency assistance, triggered from the Bluetooth, is standard with all models while up-spec models also get tyre pressure monitoring.

Features such as adaptive cruise, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist and driver impairment monitor can be optioned, and only the Wildtrak variant gets a reversing camera as standard.

The 2016 Ford Ranger is on sale now.

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