Five stars is the highest rating.
On sale now at Ford dealerships, the 2016 Escape earned four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the Escape.
Standard safety equipment on the Escape includes traction control, antilock brakes, electronic stability control and SOS post-crash alert system. Optional safety equipment includes a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert.
The 2016 Escape is a carryover vehicle with minimal changes.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2016 Escape, but the 2015 Escape earned a "poor" rating in the Institute's small overlap front crash test and "good" scores in all other tests. The small overlap front crash test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers should note that the 2016 Honda CR-V and 2016 Mazda CX-5 earned a four-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport earned a five-star overall safety rating.