2020 Ford Escape Earns 2nd-Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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The all-new 2020 Ford Escape and its fraternal twin, the 2020 Lincoln Corsair, have both been given the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Escape becomes only the second Ford to earn one of the IIHS’ awards, as it joins the Ford Edge, which also earned the institute’s second-highest safety rating earlier this year.

In the IIHS’ testing, the Escape earned a rating of Good in all six of its crash tests and earned a Superior rating for both its optional and standard front crash prevention systems. Ford offers two sets of headlights on the compact SUV. The standard set earned a rating of Marginal, while the LED headlights on the Titanium trim earned a score of Acceptable, which is required for the Top Safety Pick rating.

Interestingly, the Corsair's base LED headlights on the Standard and Reserve trims were found to be Poor, the worst score possible. Opting for the Reserve II package on the Reserve trims brings adaptive LED headlights that earned the required rating of Acceptable.

Price-wise, consumers wanting to get into an Escape that meets the Top Safety Pick requirements will have to go with the range-topping Titanium trim that starts at $34,595 including destination. Things are a little trickier with the Corsair. You’ll have to go with the Reserve trim and then get the Reserve II package, which brings all-wheel drive and the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Altogether, those options raise the Corsair’s price by an extra $12,490, bringing a Top Safety Pick rated Corsair up to $56,115.

The Escape joins the Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Nissan Rogue as Top Safety Pick SUVs. The Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Tucson all earned the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ award.

In the luxury compact segment, the Corsair, Volvo XC60, and Infiniti QX60 are Top Safety Picks. Options like the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Lexus NX, and Mercedes-Benz GLC are Top Safety Pick+ vehicles.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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