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Ford Escape Among Only Two Small SUVs To Get IIHS Good Rating

Ford's Escape has received a Good Rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Escape is only one of two small SUVs to win this award.
Posted: December 16, 2022 - 1:47PM
Author: Marc Stern


The new Ford Escapeis the perfect getaway vehicle to conquer daily adventures, has earned an overall Good rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after successfully completing updated front overlap crash testing.

Escape Is Only One of Two

Of the 15 small SUVs tested, Escape was among only two to receive the IIHS top tier “good” rating. The new IIHS 2.0 moderate front overlap crash testing now includes measuring impact to rear-seat occupants and front passengers. The same good rating applies to all Ford Escape SUVs produced after May 2022.

The 2022 Escape is also recognized by IIHS as a TOP SAFETY PICK when equipped with specific headlights.

Equipped better than ever before to conquer daily adventures – from heavy traffic to lunch with co-workers or maneuvering into the last parking space on the block – the 2023 Ford Escape SUV is ready to shine in the city and for quick getaways.

Escape Line Gets Thorough Makeover

Ford has given Escape a thorough makeover that includes a stylish new ST-Line series, an available 13.2-inch display with cloud-connected SYNC® 4 Technology, and new advanced driver-assistance system technologies. Popular features include a sliding second-row seat with more second-row legroom than the Toyota Sequoia, and hybrid and plug-in hybrid engine choices.

The new Escape is also intelligent and connected with SYNC 4, providing cloud-connected navigation and integrating standard wireless Apple CarPlay software feature and Android Auto smart driving capability for fast, easy connectivity.

Safety Technology Improves

Available Ford Co-Pilot360 technology now features Intersection Assist 2.0, which helps clients avoid potential collisions with pedestrians while turning. Escape also will debut Blind Spot Assist, which will alert the driver with a light on the sideview mirror, applying a nudge in the steering system to help caution against an unsafe action in a case where the driver has missed warnings from the Blind Spot Information System. This feature will detect other vehicles and motorcyclists in blind spots. New Rear Cross Traffic Braking builds upon BLIS with Cross Traffic Alert to detect objects crossing Escape’s path while in reverse and automatically brake if a cross-traffic collision is imminent, such as when backing out of a parking spot or driveway.

The new Escape SUV is assembled at the Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky, available to order now, and will reach dealerships early in 2023.

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Marc Stern has been an automotive writer since 1971 when an otherwise normal news editor said, "You're our new car editor," and dumped about 27 pounds of auto stuff on my desk. I was in heaven as I have been a gearhead from my early days. As a teen, I spent the usual number of misspent hours hanging out at gas stations Shell and Texaco (a big thing in my youth) and working on cars. From there on, it was a straight line to my first column for the paper, "You Auto Know," an enterprise I handled faithfully for 32 years. Not many people know that I also handled computer documentation for a good part of my living while writing YAN. My best writing, though, was always in cars. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, etc. You can follow me on: Twitter or Facebook.