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SAFETY | 6 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact; "marginal" roof crush
Three stars, overall; three stars, frontal, side, rollover
rear brakes were downgraded to inferior drums in 2008
The Escape is no longer the safety standout it had been, at an earlier time when robust, car-based crossovers weren't the norm.
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. And in the new federal tests, the Escape gets an iffy three stars out of five in all tests. The Escape has standard dual front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control with rollover protection.
Ford's MyKey system, which gives parents control over the vehicle's top speed, volume levels and other features, is available in the 2012 Escape, but it a rearview camera or blind-spot monitors. Active park assist uses the Escape's electric power steering and sensors to guide the vehicle into a parallel parking spot, with the driver controlling braking.Visibility remains a bright spot, as glass areas are tall and headrests don't get all that much in the way. The Escape's squared-off styling is also an asset for maneuverability and visibility, and the rearview side mirrors have blind-spot corners for a wide-angle view.
Although the 2012 Escape offers some reassuring safety features, it shows its age in some worrisome occupant protection scores.