2009 Ford Flex SE
Ford touts that this announcement means it now moves beyond Honda, its closest rival in the IIHS safety competition, and gives it more Top Safety Pick vehicles than any other automaker. Ford also mentions that it has more five-star NHTSA ratings than any other automaker.
Ford reminds us that to become an IIHS Top Safety Pick, vehicles must earn the top "good" ratings in the institute's high-speed front tests, high-speed side crash tests, as well as a rear crash test simulation that evaluates seat and head restraints. In 2007, IIHS added a stipulation that Top Safety Pick vehicles must offer electronic stability control.--Colin Mathews