2021 Ford Bronco Sport Earns Highest Safety Rating

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The all-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has been through the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) testing and come out with the organization’s highest award. While the new Bronco Sport is already a popular vehicle because of its name, size, and off-roading capability, we think the award will further help the compact SUV stand out in the packed segment.

For a vehicle to be named a Top Safety Pick+, it must earn a rating of “Good” in all six crash tests, have a rating of at least “Advanced” in the front crash prevention tests, and come with at least “Acceptable” rated headlights as standard. The Bronco Sport went above and beyond, earning a rating of “Good” in all six crash tests, “Good” for its standard headlights, “Good” for its front crash prevention system.

While the Bronco Sport was named a Top Safety Pick+, we’re not sure if the larger, more capable Bronco will carry the same rating. Larger SUVs that put off-roading first tend to do poorly in the IIHS’ testing. The Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Wrangler, the Bronco’s two most obvious competitors, have earned poor ratings in the organization’s testing. If the Bronco manages to earn an award from the IIHS, it would give the SUV a large edge over the competition.

Ford Bronco Sport

In the compact segment, the Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, and Subaru Forester match the Bronco Sport’s Top Safety Pick+ award. The Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, and Toyota RAV4 were named Top Safety Pick SUVs.

Overall, Ford has five total award winners, including the Escape, Edge, Explorer, Mustang Mach-E, and Bronco Sport. With many automakers, like Hyundai, Toyota, and Subaru, having a total of nine award winners, this is a major win for Ford, which is looking to stay competitive against other brands that have more IIHS winners.

Like many other Fords, the Bronco Sport comes with the automaker’s Co-Pilot360 suite of active safety features. The suite includes automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, and forward collision warning. Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist Plus is available starting with the Big Bend trim and comes with adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and lane centering assist.

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, 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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