IIHS Names 2019 Ford Edge Top Safety Pick Winner
Ford’s Edge crossover SUV has been an award-winner for a long time. It was named the “Urban Truck of the Year” as far back as 2007. Subsequently, the SUV, which went on sale in 2006, has received other awards.
Insurance Group Lauds Edge Safety
For 2019, the crossover has been honored by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Edge has been recognized as a safe vehicle by IIHS. It is the first time the crossover has been named the winner of a Top Safety Pick by the insurance group.
Angela Cascaden, Ford Edge Marketing Manager, said: “We are pleased the insurance industry places such a high degree of trust in our 2019 Ford Edge.” It is the first time the Edge has received the distinction.
For 2019, the midsized crossover earned Good ratings in all six tests. Before this year, the Edge had only earned an Acceptable rating on the driver-side small overlap test. The small overlap test, instituted about a decade ago, simulates two crash conditions. The first is a head-on crash with another vehicle. The second is a crash into a stationary object – tree or utility pole. Both the Edge and its corporate twin the Lincoln Nautilus benefited from an improved bumper structure in 2019.
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Headlights Proved Area Of Improvement
The area in which the Edge rocketed ahead was in headlights. It made all of the difference. Before March, the Edge and Lincoln Nautilus missed the Top Safety Pick honor due to their subpar headlights. After March, Ford upgraded the headlights on the pair of SUVs to adaptive LED projector lights. The change in headlights was enough to change the Poor rating that earlier versions of both vehicles had received to Acceptable. That change earned the Edge its Top Safety Pick rating. Base Ford Edge models still use the same LED projector headlights that had earned the lower rating.
Another safety feature standard on the 2019 Edge is automatic emergency braking. The automatic emergency braking avoids crashes in testing at speeds of up to 25 mph. Torque News also explored the safest used car purchase for you on its site.
IIHS Testing Reflects Real World
IIHS crash testing is among the most rigorous in the car industry. Indeed, the group’s testing reflects real-world situations far more closely than tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2019 Ford Edge received a five-star safety rating overall from NHTSA. The only test where the Edge received a lower score was in the rollover crash test where the 2019 Edge received a rating of four stars.
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