The 2013 Ford Explorer, along with the 2013 Taurus and Lincoln MKS, has just been bestowed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's highest crash-test rating of five stars.

In NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), the Explorer earned an overall vehicle score of five stars. The score factors in frontal and side-impact testing with the vehicle's ability to resist rolling over. The three cars are the only Ford and Lincoln products to achieve the top rating at this point in time; the Explorer is the only crossover to achieve the rating.

For 2013, Ford redesigned the passenger airbag and restraint systems, and added a passenger-side knee airbag on the. All Explorers come standard with dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, side impact airbags for front-seat passengers, and side curtain airbags for all rows of seating. Traction control with roll stability control is also standard. Additional safety equipment like forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear inflatable seatbelts are also available as options.

The 2013 Ford Explorer already on sale now. Pricing starts at $29,695 for the Explorer including destination.

Source: Ford