ARLINGTON, Virginia — The 2017 Ford Escape compact SUV received some safety upgrades and improved from a "poor" to "acceptable" rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front test.
Ford upgraded the Escape's structure by reinforcing the driver-door hinge pillar for 2017 and modifying the front-end structure to improve small-overlap protection.
The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or hits an object such as a tree or utility pole.
The 2017 Escape earned "good" ratings in all other institute crash tests. It is on sale now at Ford dealerships.
New safety equipment on the 2017 Escape includes lane-departure prevention, a driver-drowsiness monitor and adaptive cruise control with forward-collision alert.
Separately, the 2017 Escape received the highest five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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 Escape.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport earned the highest 2016 Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2017 Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 have not been rated.