Ford Escort1997-2002 models
results also apply to: 1997-99 Mercury Tracer
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer were redesigned for the 1997 model year. Note: 2001-02 model Escort sedans were sold when new only to fleets, and the Tracer was discontinued after the 1999 model year.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and right leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be likely. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- The door sill crushed, but the driver's upper interior survival space was maintained reasonably well. There was virtually no movement of the steering wheel.
- Even in the highest position, the head restraint isn't high enough to effectively protect an average-size male.
- High forces indicating the likelihood of injury were recorded on the dummy's right leg during the offset test.
- Built-in child restraints (optional, 1997 models only)
- Antilock brakes (optional)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1997 Ford Escort LX 4-door
- Class: Small car
- Weight: 2,538 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 98 in.
- Length: 174 in.
- Width: 66 in.
- Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder
- EPA ratings: 26 mpg city | 34 mpg highway