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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, all tests
Top Safety Pick (2009 model)
Ford adds a bevy of new available features not found on any of the Escape Hybrid's competition
Kelley Blue Book
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid builds upon the structural soundness of the 2009 Escape Hybrid by adding a number of new safety features.
The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is an impressively safe vehicle, earning top marks in nearly all crash-test categories. The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid starts down the same path, earning a perfect five-star rating in every NHTSA impact test. While the current Ford Escape Hybrid hasn't been tested by the IIHS, last year's model earned a Top Safety Pick Award from the Institute. TheCarConnection.com's editors expect that the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid, which features the same chassis and general structure, will also score well in IIHS crash tests. Stay tuned to TheCarConnection.com for the latest updates on the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid's crash-test results.
You might not be able to see the Escape Hybrid's new safety features, but every time you start up the Escape Hybrid, you'll bring to life a long list of electronic safety aids. Kelley Blue Book reviewers observe that, "for 2010, Ford adds a bevy of new available features," including "an integrated blind spot side view mirror, MyKey programmable key, Active Park Assist parallel parking aid, [and] a rear view camera." Edmunds approves of the new "standard integrated blind-spot mirrors" to address the critical issue of visibility. Not that visibility is much of an issue on the Ford Escape Hybrid-ConsumerGuide reports that "visibility is very good in all directions." Beginning with the new 2010 Escape, Ford starts rolling out a new safety feature that they are dubbing MyKey. Edmunds says that the Escape Hybrid's MyKey will allow "parents to specify speed limits and stereo volumes for their teenage drivers." Considering that the teenage demographic is the most likely to be involved in an accident, this will likely prove an incredibly popular feature on the Escape Hybrid.
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid also gets the expected range of typical safety features, including six airbags and standard anti-lock brakes on all four wheels. Kelley Blue Book reports that the "AdvanceTrac traction control with Roll Stability Control" is also included on each and every Ford Escape Hybrid.
The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid returns with improved safety features that will definitely appeal to parents with driving-age children.