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2023 Ford Escape Earns Good Rating In Updated IIHS Test

In recent months, a number of FoMoCo products have performed admirably in safety testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – even after the agency updated some of those tests to make them more stringent, as well as more applicable to today’s modern vehicles. This applies to the side-impact evaluation test, in which the Lincoln Aviator and Ford Explorer both earned a “good rating” in that exercise – and the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which received the same rating, while the Ford Ranger managed a slightly less impressive score of “acceptable.” Now, the IIHS has released the results of its updated front overlap crash testing for 15 small crossovers and SUVs, and the 2023 Ford Escape has earned the highest possible rating in that particular test.

The refreshed 2023 Ford Escape – as well as any model produced after May 2022 – was awarded a rating of “good” in the IIHS 2.0 moderate front overlap crash testing, which is notable because it was one of just two out of 15 crossovers tested that achieved that high mark. This particular test was just updated to include measuring the impact to rear-seat occupants in addition to front passengers.

Prior to adding that stipulation, all 15 of the vehicles subjected to this test earned a “good” rating, but the IIHS decided to make its requirements bit more challenging in an effort to address a growing gap in the protection provided for front and rear occupants. As such, the 2023 Ford Escape and Volvo XC40 were awarded the best possible rating, while the Toyota RAV4 was rated as acceptable, the Audi Q3, Nissan Rogue, and Subaru Forester received marginal ratings, and the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-5, and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross all failed the test with a poor rating.

“The original moderate overlap test was our first evaluation and the lynchpin of the Institute’s crash testing program,” said IIHS President David Harkey. “Thanks to automakers’ improvements, drivers in most vehicles are nearly 50 percent less likely to be killed in a frontal crash today than they were 25 years ago. Our updated test is a challenge to manufacturers to bring those same benefits to the back seat. The stellar performance of the Escape and XC40 shows it’s possible.”

We’ll have more on the Escape soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Escape news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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