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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact; "marginal" roof crush
Not yet rated
rear brakes were downgraded to inferior drums in 2008
With major changes this model year to crash-test scoring, the 2011 Ford Escape will have to wait on an official "star" rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency has changed its criteria this year, and as of yet, it hasn't awarded a rating to the Escape. In the past, the crossover has earned five-star ratings for front and side impact protection, though.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the 2011 Escape offers "good" protection against front and side impacts; in its roof crush rating, the Escape earned a "marginal" rating, which keeps it off the Top Safety Pick list it once belonged to.
The 2011 Escape has standard dual front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control with rollover protection. Now available is Ford's MyKey system, which gives parents control over the vehicle's top speed, volume levels and other features.
Also available is a new rearview camera, and Active Park Assist (which we'll discuss on the Features page).
Visibility is good in the Escape, since its glass areas are tall, and its rear headrests don't sit too high. The rearview side mirrors have blind-spot corners for a wide-angle view, and the squared-off styling helps make it clear where the corners of the vehicle begin and end.
The 2011 Ford Escape has an aging body underneath, but you'd never know it from safety scores and equipment.