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2017 Ford Escape

Small SUV
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    A
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment

Headlights
A
with optional
equipment

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
M

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2017
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2016
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
A
G
M
A
Crash avoidance rating
2007
A
G
P
A
Crash avoidance rating
2006
A
G
P
A
Crash avoidance rating
2005
A
G
P
A
Crash avoidance rating
2004
M
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
M
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2002
M
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2001
M
G
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Ford Escape was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2017 models, the driver door hinge pillar was reinforced and the front-end structure was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.

Structure

The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the upper interior of 12 cm at the upper hinge pillar and 9 at the instrument panel. Lower interior intrusion measured 8 cm at the hinge pillar.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but started to slide off the left side because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2017 Ford Escape SE 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,650 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 178 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 1.5 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1622
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 8
Footrest (cm) 4
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 12
Upper dash (cm) 9
Lower instrument panel (cm) 5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1622
Head
HIC-15 113
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 14
Maximum Nij 0.17
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Femur (kN)
Left 0.5
Right 1.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 3
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.47
Right 0.43
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.7
Right 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 51
Right 49

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Ford Escape was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Two moderate overlap frontal tests of the Escape were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests, but the vehicle specifications and photos are provided for the Institute’s test.

Injury measures

In each test, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2013 Ford Escape SE 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,803 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 178 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1205 CEF1206
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6 8
Left (cm) 8 12
Center (cm) 8 10
Right (cm) 8 7
Brake pedal (cm) 3 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1 1
Right (cm) 1 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1 3
Rearward (cm) 1 -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1205 CEF1206
Head
HIC-15 223 212
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12 23
Maximum Nij 0.22 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24 26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.6 0.4
Femur force - right (kN) 0.6 0.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.27 0.26
Maximum tibia index - right 0.35 0.36
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.7 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.0 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 38 61
Right 85 85

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Ford Escape was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Side impact ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2013 Ford Escape SE 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,803 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 178 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1203
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-19.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1203
Head HIC-15 160
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 27
Average deflection (mm) 21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.70
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.29
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5
Combined force (kN) 3.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 47
A-P moment (Nm) -25

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1203
Head HIC-15 118
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 37
Lateral force (kN) 2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 19
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.41
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.5
Combined force (kN) 2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 50
A-P moment (Nm) 18

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,612 lbs
Peak force 18,167 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.03
Tested vehicle
2013 Ford Escape SE 4-door 4wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 12
Distance below top of head (mm) -11
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.1
Head contact time (ms) 46
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 7
Max neck tension (N) 324

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Warning and Brake Support

Package name

  • Optional Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning and Brake Support

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
1 point total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • Titanium trim equipped with Titanium Technology package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? Yes
Overall rating
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right and gradual left curves and inadequate on the sharp right and sharp left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • SE trim equipped with SE Technology package
  • Titanium trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • S trim
  • SE trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left and both right curves.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left curve and inadequate on the sharp left and both right curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Titanium trim equipped with Titanium Technology package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
A
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 95.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 49.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 61.6 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 48.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 51.5 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 45.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 143.3 m
Straightaway left edge 129.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 66.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 65.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 54.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.2 m

Trim level(s)
  • SE trim equipped with SE Technology package
  • Titanium trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
M
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 90.5 m None
Straightaway left edge 49.5 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 49.8 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 45.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 41.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 39.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 172.8 m
Straightaway left edge 113.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 58.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 55.5 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 46.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.3 m

Trim level(s)
  • S trim
  • SE trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 95.5 m 36.1 %
Straightaway left edge 52.9 m 36.1 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 45.3 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 49.1 m 8.9 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 41.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 45.0 m 14.1 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 165.4 m
Straightaway left edge 136.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 61.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 66.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 51.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 52.0 m

Applies to 2015-17 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

M
Vehicle trim SE
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 7
Clearance angle (degrees) 62
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 21
Clearance angle (degrees) 63
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 19
Clearance angle (degrees) 64
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 21
Clearance angle (degrees) 46
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights

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