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2020 Ford Escape Scores IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK

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The 2020 Ford Escape earns the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK
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The all-new 2020 Ford Escape earned the coveted TOP SAFETY PICK award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, scoring high marks for crashworthiness as well as collision mitigation.

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The redesigned Escape earned scores of “Good” in all six phases of IIHS crash testing: driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraint, and passenger-side small overlap front. In order to earn the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, it needed only to earn “Good” for the former five and an “Acceptable” or “Good” score in the passenger-side small overlap front test.

The “Good” score in the passenger-side small overlap crash test is a significant improvement from the previous generation Escape, which scored “Poor” for the 2013-2019 model years.  

With standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, offered as part of Ford Co-Pilot360, the 2020 Ford Escape earned a score of “Superior” in vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention. Vehicles with Ford Co-Pilot360 and optional Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist both avoided collisions at speeds of 12 mph and 25 mph, earning the system the highest score possible.

Also required to earn the 2019 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK is a score of “Acceptable” or “Good” for headlights. The LED reflector headlights offered with the Escape Titanium achieved the “Acceptable” score with fair visibility in all tests. The standard halogen reflector beams standard for the S, SE, SE Sport Hybrid, and SEL rated “Marginal.”

Though it’s not a factor in IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK ratings, the 2020 Ford Escape also earned a top score of “Good” for child seat anchors.

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