Redesigned Ford Edge Takes Home IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

Redesigned Ford Edge Takes Home IIHS Top Safety Pick Award
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September 22, 2015

Another redesign has helped a popular SUV do well enough on crash tests to take home a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2015 Ford Edge qualifies for the IIHS award thanks to good crash protection ratings in four out of five tests. In its first run with the small overlap front crash test, the midsized SUV received an acceptable rating.

While it does have an optional basic-rated front crash prevention system, the system doesn't come with automatic braking which would could have qualified it for the additional "plus" distinction.

Ford reinforced the door-hinge pillar on models built after May 2015 to improve occupant protection in small overlap front crashes. The driver space held up reasonably well in the small overlap test and the dummy's movement was well controlled. Data collected from the dummy indicates a low risk of significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

To keep its rating after 2016 additional redesigns will be needed to bump up its small overlap front crash test rating from acceptable to good. Introduced in 2012, the test evaluates how a vehicle will hold up in crash in which the front corner strikes a fixed object like a tree or light post.

To qualify for a 2015 Top Safety Pick, vehicles must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, plus a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap test. For Top Safety Pick+, vehicles also need an available front crash system with an advanced or superior rating.