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Study: Ford F-Series is the most dangerous vehicle on the road

A new study reviewed fatal crash data put out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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New analysis from ValuePenguin, a division of LendingTree, has determined the most dangerous vehicles on the road today. Pickup trucks are among the five most dangerous models.

The results of the study were determined by analysts from ValuePenguin studying fatal crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to find which cars, trucks and SUVs are most likely to be in fatal crashes.

The data spans the 2014 to 2018 model years and includes many of the most popular cars, trucks, and SUVs in North America. ValuePenguin's analysis takes into consideration the number of total fatal accidents per model. It makes sense that America's best-selling vehicles would have more fatal accidents per year because there are more of them on the road.

Since 2018, many automakers have added a host of standard and available safety and driver assist technology to their vehicles. In theory, those additions should decrease the number of fatalities in the coming years.

It's important to remember that vehicles themselves are not inherently dangerous. It is drivers that put themselves and others at risk by climbing behind the wheel. The likelihood of a fatal crash can be raised by a driver operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner.

Scroll down to see the 25 most dangerous vehicles on the road based on ValuePenguin's findings.

No. 25 - Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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Total fatal crashes: 1,513
Units sold in 2018: 240,032
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.51

No. 24 - Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

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Total fatal crashes: 1,526
Units sold in 2018: 379,013
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.53

No. 23 - Ford Fusion

2018 Ford Fusion

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Total fatal crashes: 1,550
Units sold in 2018: 173,600
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.53

No. 22 - Nissan Sentra

2018 Nissan Sentra NISMO

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Total fatal crashes: 1,561
Units sold in 2018: 213,046
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.67

No. 21 - Ford Escape

2018 Ford Escape

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Total fatal crashes: 1,700
Units sold in 2018: 272,228
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.52

No. 20 - Toyota Tacoma

2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

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Total fatal crashes: 1,763
Units sold in 2018: 245,659
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.54

No. 19 - Chevrolet GMT-400

Fourth Generation Chevrolet C/K (GMT 400)

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Total fatal crashes: 1,851
Units sold in 2018: Not sold in 2018
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.63

No. 18 - Ford Taurus

2017 Ford Taurus

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Total fatal crashes: 1,913
Units sold in 2018: 40,341
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.70

No. 17 - Ford Mustang

2018 Ford Mustang Performance Pack 2

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Total fatal crashes: 1,963
Units sold in 2018: 75,842
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.71

No. 16 - Chevrolet Tahoe

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom

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Total fatal crashes: 2,113
Units sold in 2018: 104,152
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.50

No. 15 - Ford Focus

2018 Ford Focus

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Total fatal crashes: 2,256
Units sold in 2018: 114,045
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.68

No. 14 - Jeep Grand Cherokee

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Total fatal crashes: 2,304
Units sold in 2018: 224,908
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.52

No. 13 - Chevrolet Malibu

2017\u20132019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Total fatal crashes: 2,345
Units sold in 2018: 144,542
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.64

No. 12 - Ford Ranger

2011 Ford Ranger

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Total fatal crashes: 2,476
Units sold in 2018: Not sold in the U.S. in 2018
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.68

No. 11 - Chevrolet Impala

2016 Chevrolet Impala Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Total fatal crashes: 2,804
Units sold in 2018: 56,556
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.68

No. 10 - GMC Sierra

2017 GMC Sierra

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Total fatal crashes: 3,245
Units sold in 2018: 219,554
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.48

No. 9 - Nissan Altima

2017 Nissan Altima

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Total fatal crashes: 3,267
Units sold in 2018: 209,146
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.60

No. 8 - Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer Sport

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Total fatal crashes: 3,332
Units sold in 2018: 261,571
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.61

No. 7 - Toyota Corolla

Toyota C2orolla Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Total fatal crashes: 3,430
Units sold in 2018: 303,732
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.64

No. 6 - Honda Civic

2018 Honda Civic Coupe

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Total fatal crashes: 4,397
Units sold in 2018: 325,760
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.70

No. 5 - Ram Pickup

2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport

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Total fatal crashes: 5,897
Units sold in 2018: 536,980
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.43

No. 4 - Toyota Camry

2015 Toyota Camry Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

Total fatal crashes: 4,734
Units sold in 2018: 343,439
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.59

No. 3 - Honda Accord

2017\u20132020 Honda Accord Hybrid Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Total fatal crashes: 5,079
Units sold in 2018: 291,071
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.65

No. 2 - Chevrolet Silverado

2014 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Total fatal crashes: 7,718
Units sold in 2018: 585,581
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.47

No. 1 - Ford F-Series

2018 Ford F-150

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Total fatal crashes: 10,845
Units sold in 2018: 909,330
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.46

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Electric vehicle production

GM outlines huge investment in new EV production

The $7 billion number is GM's largest single investment to date.

General Motors

Automakers are not shy about their plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. In fact, it's just the opposite, as most can't wait to release a media kit that sings the virtues of moving toward electrification and outlines their commitments to investing billions to make the move a reality. General Motors has been more active than most, building new facilities and revamping existing factories to handle new-age EV manufacturing. Today, the auto giant announced a further investment to build a new plant and overhaul the Orion Township facility in Michigan. The move creates thousands of jobs and positions GM as an early powerhouse in the EV race.

GM EV investment. GM says its new and existing facilities will create and retain thousands of jobs.General Motors

The $7 billion investment is slated for four Michigan manufacturing facilities. GM says the move will create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000 existing positions, and notes that the amount represents the single largest investment in company history. A new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing is part of the deal, along with the conversion of the GM assembly planting Orion Township. Orion will eventually house production of the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra, making it the second of GM's facilities dedicated to building electric pickup trucks.

The Orion and Ultium Cells Lansing facilities will help GM boost its total full-size electric truck production to 600,000 units per year when both Factory Zero and Orion are in full swing. Though Ford sells more full-size trucks than Chevy or GMC individually, GM notes that the two combined move more trucks per year than The Blue Oval. The two plants join General Motors' existing EV-ready facilities that include Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck, Spring Hill Assemble in Tennessee, CAMI in Ontario, and the Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico.

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Ford just announced specs for the new hardcore off-roader.

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After years of speculation over the Bronco's return, Ford finally pushed the revived SUV to market last year. The rumor mill immediately kicked back into action with speculation of a higher-powered Raptor version of the Bronco to match Ford's F-150 Raptor here in the U.S. We've seen teases and a short film on the SUV, but today, The Blue Oval announced specs for what will surely be a highly desirable new vehicle in 2022 and beyond.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor The Bronco Raptor gets upgraded cooling and engine tuning to handle high-temperature operation.Ford

The Bronco Raptor gets an exclusive twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 that makes 400 horsepower, which is a big improvement over the standard SUV's V6 that makes an already healthy 330 horsepower. Four-wheel drive and a ten-speed automatic gearbox are standard. Ford says the Raptor also comes with a new towing mode that allows a max tow rating of 4,500 pounds - a 1,000-pound improvement over the base Bronco. Trail Control, trail Turn Assist, and Trail One-Pedal driving are also present here.

The Raptor gets seven of the standard Bronco's G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) driving modes, including a new Baja Mode that works with the engine's turbo system to reduce lag and improve performance during high-speed runs in desert temperatures. An active exhaust allows four selectable sound modes, including normal, sport, quiet, and Baja, and the Raptor's intercooler helps keep operating temperatures at reasonable levels when running in hot weather.

Using the Bronco's modular design, Ford gave the Raptor unique front and rear quarter panels, fender flares, and door appliqu├ęs. The new body components add 9.8 inches to the Raptor's width, and removable running boards help improve rock crawling abilities. Model-exclusive amber LED running lights accent the Raptor's front end, and Raptor logos set the hardcore model apart from its "lesser" counterpart.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Amber LEDs and special badging designate the much-upgraded Raptor model.Ford

Inside, the Bronco Raptor gets a 12-inch digital gauge cluster with configurable view for vehicle performance and other information. Black marine-grade vinyl seats and rubberized flooring are standard. Orange accents on the dash vents, door netting, and steering wheel help break up the all-black interior, and Ford offers a synthetic suede upholstery upgrade for buyers wanting a little more comfort with their capable off-roader. A 12-inch infotainment touchscreen and 360-degree camera system are also standard.

Bronco Raptor hopefuls can start placing orders in March, but be aware that there will be a wait involved for everyone. Ford says that the majority of 2022 Bronco Raptors will go to existing reservation holders based on their reservation timestamp. It's worth noting that many 2021 Bronco buyers are still waiting for the SUVs, which are being converted into 2022 orders, so the wait time for the Raptor could be severe for anyone without a standing reservation.

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