The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the new ’04 Ford F-150 pickup truck and new ’04 Freestar minivan earned “best pick” designations in its 40-mph (64 km/h) frontal offset crash tests. The new F-150 chalked up a “good” rating in the latest tests vs. the “poor” rating the previous F-150 received from the IIHS in the same test. The Freestar’s predecessor, the Windstar, earned an “acceptable” rating in a previous frontal crash test. “The F-150 went from the worst-performing ...

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