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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars overall; three stars frontal; five stars side
'Good,' frontal impact; 'good,' side impact; 'acceptable,' roof strength (rollover)
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The 2011 Ford Edge has achieved an overall score of four stars in the revised, more stringent federal government crash tests, including three-star ratings for frontal impact and five stars overall for side impact. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety extended its test results, from pre-2011 vehicles, to the new Edge. That means it will retain its top 'good' results in frontal and side testing, but its 'acceptable' roof strength rating keeps it from earning the Institute's Top Safety Pick status. As an update, this model was later retested, and models made after February 2011 do get the top 'good' rating in the roof test and Top Safety Pick status.
One of the areas Ford focused on for the 2011 Edge was improving the brakes, both in feel and performance. The rear rotors are larger this year, and the braking progression has been retuned for more initial bite and shorter overall stopping distances.
Other brake-related features added for 2011 include hill-start assist, which prevents the vehicle from rolling backward at stops; trailer sway control adapted from Ford's F-150 pickup line; and adaptive cruise control and collision warning, which use front-facing radar to calculate the distance to the car ahead.
There's also Ford's Blindspot Information System, which flashes a light when a car in in the adjacent lane out of sight of the mirros, along with cross-traffic alert, which can detect traffic approaching from the side when backing the car out of a parking space.
There's a lot of safety equipment to speak of in the 2011 Ford Edge, and crash-test ratings are respectable.