The updated 2015 Ford Edge received praise in Autoblog‘s First Drive and Quick Spin, but now the model has also earned strong enough scores to garner Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The crossover achieved the agency’s Good score in the moderate-overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints categories. However, in the difficult small-overlap front crash test, the CUV was Acceptable – one notch lower in the hierarchy.
The Ford Edge also just missed out on the TSP+ award. While its scores would have been enough to qualify, the CUV’s optional front crash prevention system didn’t include automatic braking. That only got the model a Basic rating in the category. It needed an Advanced or Superior designation.
The IIHS still found things to praise about the Edge’s small-overlap crash performance, despite the Acceptable score. The agency cited a low risk of serious injuries, and the airbags did a good job of protecting the driver. A problem was that the seatbelt let the dummy’s head and torso “move too far forward toward the intruding A-pillar,” according to the institute”s release. For 2016, things gets even harder because a Good result in this evaluation is necessary for Top Safety Pick status. You can check out how the Edge does for yourself in the video, here.