2015 Ford Edge Gets Top Safety Pick Rating From IIHS
Improvements to Front Door Pillar Improve Ratings
It’s not uncommon practice in the automotive industry to make rolling changes on a model to improve their safety ratings. Such is the case with the new-for-2015 Ford Edge midsize crossover. Ford redesigned the front door pillars on models built after May 2015 to improve front passenger protection in small-overlap crashes. The redesigned front structure allowed the Edge to earn a Top Safety Pick (TSP) rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Edge did not qualify for the coveted TSP+ rating, which is reserved for models that have an “advanced” front crash prevention system with automatic braking. The Edge offers an optional adaptive cruise control system, but the automatic braking function is only operational with cruise control engaged.
The 2016 Edge has been tested and certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and received a top five-star score, earning a five-star rating in frontal and side crashes and four stars in the rollover test. Few details on the 2016 Edge model have been officially announced, other than the availability of an adaptive steering function on Sport models and the rollout of the next-generation Sync 3 touchscreen interface. Ford may offer automatic emergency braking as an option, which would qualify the vehicle for potential TSP+ status.
Source: IIHS, NHTSA