The 2013 Ford Edge comes with the usual standard safety equipment and offers some options you can't find in competitive crossovers, but its crash-test scores aren't as stellar as they once were.Among the standard features are full-length curtain airbags and stability control with integral hill-start assist, which keeps the Edge from rolling backward at stops. The stability system also factors in trailer sway control, adapted from Ford's F-150 pickup trucks to correct for the wagging induced by towed loads.
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. Adaptive cruise control and collision warning are options; they use radar sensors to figure the distance to the car ahead and to detect imminent collisions. The Edge does not offer the inflatable rear seat belts that are found in the mechanically similar 2012 Ford Explorer, though.
Now that both agencies have made their testing regimens tougher, the 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.