Ford Escape2001-07 models
results also apply to: 2001-06 Mazda Tribute | 2005-07 Mercury Mariner
SIDE IMPACT TEST WITHOUT OPTIONAL SIDE AIRBAGS
|Injury measures||Head protection||Structure/safety cage|
Important: Side impact crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle type and weight categories.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute were introduced in the 2001 model year, and the Mercury Mariner was introduced in 2005. The Mazda Tribute skipped the 2007 model year but reappeared the following year.
Two tests of a 2003 Escape were conducted, one with an optional side airbag for the driver, and one without. A third test of an Escape, a 2005 model, was conducted because the side airbags were changed beginning with 2005 models to include protection for the rear passenger. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the injury and head protection ratings for the rear passenger are based on both tests of the 2003 models. Structural ratings for the three vehicles are based on all three tests.
Note: These ratings and specifications do not apply to the hybrid (gas-electric) versions of the Escape and Mariner.
Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. Serious brain and neck injuries would also be possible. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive.
Rear passenger — Measures taken from the dummies in the two tests of the 2003 model, taken together, indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Driver — The dummy's head was hit by the intruding barrier, producing moderately high head injury measures.
Rear passenger — In both tests of the 2003 model, the dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear passenger door. This pillar is required by federal standard to provide some protection for occupants' heads.
Left to right:
- View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.
- View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing damage to the occupant compartment.
- Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head being hit by the intruding barrier.
- Glass marks on the barrier show where the driver dummy's head hit the barrier.
- Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (optional in 2001-04 models); front and rear head curtain airbags (optional in 2005 and later models); front seat-mounted torso airbags added in 2005 and later models manufactured after August 2004 (optional)
- Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags, if equipped, in the event of an impending rollover
- Antilock brakes (optional)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 2003 Ford Escape XLT 4wd
- Class: Small SUV
- Weight: 3,479 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 103 in.
- Length: 173 in.
- Width: 70 in.
- Engine: 3.0 L V6
- EPA ratings: 18 mpg city | 23 mpg highway