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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars overall; three stars frontal; five stars side
Top Safety Pick
the latest in airbag technology
It's not the safest crossover vehicle you can buy, but the 2012 Ford Edge still performs fairly well in federal crash tests, and earns top scores from the insurance industry.
The Edge gets an overall rating of four stars in the revised, more stringent crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA's sub-ratings include three-star ratings for frontal impact and five stars overall for side impact. That's better than average, though less convincing than the old five-star rating it earned in prior years.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Edge is a Top Safety Pick. The insurance industry-funded group updated its rating after Ford made running changes to the roof structure in February 2011.
Standard curtain airbags and stability control are joined by features such as hill-start assist, which keeps the Edge from rolling backward at stops; trailer sway control, which has been adapted from Ford's F-150 pickup trucks; and adaptive cruise control and collision warning, which use radar sensors to figure the distance to the car ahead and to detect imminent collisions.
Ford also offers a blind-spot monitor system, which flashes a light on the outside mirrors when a car in in the adjacent lane out of sight; cross-traffic alert can sense traffic approaching from the side when backing the car out of a parking space. The Edge does not offer the inflatable rear seat belts that are found in the mechanically similar 2012 Ford Explorer, though.
Crash ratings aren't quite as high as some crossovers, but the 2012 Ford Edge offers some of the latest safety technology as options.