On sale now at Ford dealerships, the 2017 Escape received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 2017 Escape.
Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Escape includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, a driver's knee airbag and side curtain airbags.
Ford's MyKey (enabling owners to set electronic parameters for younger drivers), a rearview camera and blind-spot mirrors are also standard.
A blind-spot warning system with cross-traffic alert is optional on the SE via the Technology package. Additional options include forward collision alert and lane departure warning and intervention.
The 2017 Escape has been partially rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning "good" ratings in the side, roof strength and head restraints and seats tests.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport also earned the highest five-star safety rating from NHTSA. The 2017 Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 have not been rated.