Ford and Lincoln are doing well in crash test results with several of their models. The 2019 Ford Edge landed a Top Safety Pick designation, as did the 2020 Lincoln Corsair. The IIHS has now tested the 2020 Ford Escape, and that vehicle has landed the IIHS top Safety Pick designation as well.
This is a marked improvement compared to the 2019 Escape, which earned a poor rating in the passenger-side small overlap protection test. Performance of the 2020 model performed significantly better in that test, moving up to the top “good” rating. IIHS says that the 2020 Ford Escape line “demonstrated a marked improvement in crashworthiness” compared to previous year models.
The 2020 Escape earned top “good” results in every crashworthiness category. The standard and optional front crash prevention systems were rated “superior.” One caveat for buyers is that while crash ratings are the same for all 2020 Ford Escape models, the optional LED headlights are required to earn the Top Safety Pick designation. Those headlights were rated “acceptable.”
Toyota did best the 2020 Escape in safety ratings with its RAV4 earning a Top Safety Pick+ rating. It’s Adaptive Front Headlight System that is available earned the highest “good” rating from the IIHS. The Ford Escape and the Lincoln Corsair are nearly identical. The Corsair also earned a Top Safety Pick designation. The Escape Hybrid has EPA combined fuel economy ratings of up to 41 mpg in FWD and 40 mpg in all-wheel-drive trim. It’s good to see Ford’s new SUVs are safer for drivers and passengers.