2013 Ford Focus: Five Stars, And One Of The Safest Compact Cars

November 23, 2012
The 2013 Ford Focus has earned an excellent five-star score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—which, when factored together with its Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), ranks it soundly in the top tier for U.S. compact-car safety.

It's likely that the Focus' high scores will transfer to a good reputation for occupant safety in real-world crashes. That's because, like the Chevrolet Cruze, the Ford Focus is a truly global small car, which means that the company needed to engineer the body structure and occupant protection for a wide range of crash and loading possibilities—not just a few closely specified tests.

Ford points out that the driver's side airbag in the Focus has a special curve-shaped tether system that helps reduce the load on the driver's chest and ribs in frontal crashes. Special shoulder vents in the seat-mounted side airbags also help the bags line up properly with short or tall occupants.

Although Ford touts the Focus' safety performance in a press release, pointing to the five-star NCAP (new-car assessment program) Overall Score it earns, it's worth pointing out that the model doesn't receive top scores in all subcategories—something the Cruze does achieve.

The Focus earns a four-star rating for frontal impact, including five stars for a male-size driver and four stars for a female-size passenger. And even at that, the Focus' five-star side-impact score also includes a mix of sub-scores, with four stars for the driver front-seat test and five stars for the passenger-side rear-seat test.

Among compact sedans—other than the Focus and the Chevrolet Cruze—both the 2013 Dodge Dart and the 2012 Honda Civic earn the top-tier combination of five-star Overall NCAP results and IIHS Top Safety Pick status.

As with any new car, the full results are worth perusing over at safercar.gov, or through our full reviews.

2013 Ford Focus NCAP crash test

2013 Ford Focus NCAP crash test

2013 Ford Focus NCAP crash test

2013 Ford Focus NCAP crash test

2013 Ford Focus NCAP crash test

2013 Ford Focus NCAP crash test

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