The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Front and Side Impact crash tests for the Ford Escape, as presented by Consumer Reports
The Ford Escape received the following ratings in the IIHS's crash tests:
Frontal Offset: Good
Side Impact (With Airbags): Good
Ford Escape | 2011 | Frontal Crash Test | NHTSA | CrashNet1
Ford Escape 2011
Ford Escape 2012
Mercury Mariner 2011
Mazda Tribute 2011
Overall: 3 Stars
Frontal: 3 Stars
Side: 3 Stars
Rollover: 3 Stars
Crash test dummies representing an average-sized adult
male and a small-sized adult female are placed in the
driver and front passenger seats, respectively, and are
secured with seat belts. Vehicles are crashed into a fixed
barrier at 35 mph (56.3km/h), which is equivalent to a
head-on collision between two similar vehicles each moving
at 35 mph.
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Ford F150 and Honda Civic frontal crash test by IIHS
When large, truck-based SUVs collide with passenger cars or minivans, the results can be devastating for the occupants of the latter.
But fatalities in such accidents are on the decrease in the United States thanks to measures employed by automakers. Traffic deaths are down 64 percent since the year 2000 due to changes in automobile design such as lower bumpers for SUVs and better-protect cabin cells for passenger cars.
In 2000, the death rate for car and minivan passengers in collisions with trucks or SUVs was 44 deaths per million. That came down to 16 deaths per million by 2009.
The study was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a private-sector group based in Arlington, Virginia.
"By working together, the automakers got life-saving changes done quickly," said Joe Nolan, the institute's chief administrative officer.
2011 Ford Escape Vs. 2011 Ford Focus IIHS Low-Speed Rear Impact
The mismatch problem with the Ford pair was even worse when the Focus struck the back of the Escape. The front bumper on the car underrode the high-riding Escape's rear bumper, which at 25 inches off the ground is the tallest among all the small SUVs evaluated this time around. Damage to the Focus came to $5,203 and included replacing most of the sheet metal plus many parts in front of the engine.
Ford Focus into Ford Escape
New roof strength tests
IIHS news release • March 24, 2009
Roof strength is focus of new rating system; 4 of 12 small SUVs evaluated earn top marks
ARLINGTON, VA — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is launching a new roof strength rating system to help consumers pick vehicles that will help protect them in rollover crashes. Twelve small SUVs are the first to be put to the test. Only 4 earn the top rating of good. The Volkswagen Tiguan has the strongest rated roof, and the Kia Sportage has the weakest among the 2008-09 models evaluated.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr032409.html
Crash Test 2005 - 2008 Ford Escape / Mercury Mariner / Mazda Tribute (Frontal Offset) IIHS
results also apply to: 2005-08 Mazda Tribute | 2005-08 Mercury Mariner
FRONTAL OFFSET TEST
OVERALL EVALUATION: Acceptable
Structure/safety cage Injury measures Restraints/dummy kinematics
Head/neck Chest Leg/foot, left Leg/foot, right
Acceptable Acceptable Good Acceptable Poor Good
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
The Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute were introduced in the 2001 model year and structurally modified beginning with 2005 models to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes. The Mercury Mariner, introduced in the 2005 model year, also had the structural modifications. The Mazda Tribute skipped the 2007 model year. All three models were modestly restyled for the 2008 model year, and electronic stability control was added as a standard feature.
Note: These ratings and specifications do not apply to the hybrid (gas-electric) versions of the Escape and Mariner.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and roof rail.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the head and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia and both feet indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be likely and injuries to the feet would be possible. Forces on the neck indicate that injuries to the neck would be possible. Head acceleration from the B-pillar/roof rail hit was low.
Top-Heavy (Crash Test Rollovers Compilation)
I made this for MfalmeVTold since he requested it.
This video features the following vehicles:
2009 Honda Stepwgn
2010 Ford Ranger
2009 Daihatsu Mira
2003 Chevrolet Blazer
2010 Daihatsu Tanto
2006 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab
2011 Daihatsu Move
2011 Nissan Rogue
2011 Nissan Serena
2011 Nissan Elgrand
1999 Isuzu Rodeo
2009 Toyota Prado
2008 Nissan Rogue
Light off roading in Ford Escape 4x4
Found a bit of terrain that was a little challenging but "do-able" for my Escape. That was my second drive up the hill, first time I didn't hang at all, but I let off the gas too much on the video.
if your a fan of the Escape, Mariner, or Tribute
Mine is a 2001 4 cylinder 4x4 Model.
2011 Ford Escape
The Ford Escape is one of Ford's first vehicles to feature the latest-generation hands-free SYNC system. The Escape also includes Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors, a Rear View Camera system, MyKey, Active Park Assist, a tire pressure monitoring system, side curtain airbags, and much more. Watch Tom and Bob Barton of Beach Ford discuss all the features of the 2011 Ford Escape, rated "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
Crash Test 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air VS. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu (Frontal Offset) IIHS 50th Anniversary
In the 50 years since US insurers organized the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car crashworthiness has improved. Demonstrating this was a crash test conducted on Sept. 9 between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. In a real-world collision similar to this test, occupants of the new model would fare much better than in the vintage Chevy.
"It was night and day, the difference in occupant protection," says Institute president Adrian Lund. What this test shows is that automakers don't build cars like they used to. They build them better."
The crash test was conducted at an event to celebrate the contributions of auto insurers to highway safety progress over 50 years. Beginning with the Institute's 1959 founding, insurers have maintained the resolve, articulated in the 1950s, to "conduct, sponsor, and encourage programs designed to aid in the conservation and preservation of life and property from the hazards of highway accidents."
A decade after the Institute was founded, insurers directed this organization to begin collecting data on crashes and the cost of repairing vehicles damaged in crashes. To lead this work and the Institute's expanded research program, insurers named a new president, William Haddon Jr., who already was a pioneer in the field of highway safety. In welcoming Dr. Haddon, Thomas Morrill of State Farm said "the ability to bring unbiased scientific data to the table is extremely valuable." This scientific approach, ushered in by Dr. Haddon, is a hallmark of Institute work. It's why the Institute launched the Highway Loss Data Institute in 1972 — to collect and analyze insurance loss results to provide consumers with model-by-model comparisons.
Another Institute milestone was the 1992 opening of the Vehicle Research Center. Since then, the Institute has conducted much of the research that has contributed to safer vehicles on US roads. At the anniversary event, current Institute chairman Gregory Ostergren of American National Property and Casualty summed up a commitment to continue what fellow insurers began in 1959: "On this golden anniversary of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we celebrate this organization's accomplishments toward safer drivers, vehicles, and roadways. We salute the vision of the Institute's founders and proudly continue their commitment to highway safety."
Ford Edge review
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2010 Ford Escape Virtual Test Drive
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