Ford Edge is a Top Safety Pick
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Raise your hand if you were a kid whose parents let you ride in the very back of the family station wagon on road trips, rolling from side to side during left and right turns. Anyone? All of us? It would have been difficult to imagine back then that there would come a day in which we would be driving vehicles so advanced in safety technology, our days as human cargo would become merely an eye-rolling memory. Times have sure changed – now, driver and occupant safety are a priority for buyers when considering a vehicle purchase.

Those are a priority for Ford too, from bumper to bumper. Ford now has 10 vehicles on the road in the U.S. that have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick rating. Among them is the 2011 Edge (for models built after February 2011).

But a vehicle is not named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS solely for being outfitted with innovative safety equipment. It must receive a rating of “good” from the IIHS in offset frontal-, side- and rear-impact crash tests and roof strength evaluations, as well as offer electronic stability control.

That’s not to say that safety offerings aren’t an important part of the overall package. The cutting-edge driver-aid and safety technologies available for the Edge are striking a chord with buyers. Of the first 101,908 vehicles sold, 80 percent included a rear view camera, while 32 percent included BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System).

Additional safety options for the Edge include Adaptive Cruise Control, which slows the vehicle to adapt for traffic conditions and maintain a preset distance between vehicles. There’s also Collision Warning with brake support, which helps reduce speed, automatically pre-charges brakes, provides a red warning light on the windshield as well as an audible beep to help drivers stop more quickly when the system detects a collision is imminent.

BLIS with cross-traffic alert, helps detect vehicles in blind spots during normal driving, as well as traffic approaching from the sides when reversing out of parking spots. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System alerts drivers when it senses tire pressure is low, while MyKey allows parents to limit speed and audio volume in their vehicles and is designed to help parents encourage safe driving habits in their teens.

The Edge also features a solid unibody construction, which provides an energy-absorbing structure to help protect occupants. Bumper-to-bumper flow-through side rails, structural design and A-pillars are designed to move crash energy away from occupants. Nearly half of the stiff shell is composed of high-strength steels, such as boron, for both increased strength and reduced weight.

When a crash becomes unavoidable, the Edge relies on an array of airbags. Two front dual-stage and two side airbags are joined by a Safety Canopy® consisting of side-curtain airbags for front and rear outboard passengers. Personal Safety System™ safety belts feature pretensioners and an energy management system with adjustable D-ring height in the first row.

The other Ford vehicles that have earned the Top Safety Pick rating are the 2011 models of the Explorer, Taurus, Fusion, Fiesta (when built after July 2010) and Flex as well as the 2011 models of the Lincoln MKS, MKT, MKX and MKZ.

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36 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Ramon Cardona OK, this piece is about a crash-worthy vehicle, not a safe one. Cars cannot be safe. People can be safe/unsafe. This notion of a safe car may lead people to take chances that normally may not be considered. Do not trust all these safety devices to save you at a crash. Avoid crashing is the best situation. Many websites cover car wrecks and one common factor is: speeding. Speeding mostly sends money to the oil companies out of your pocket. It does save you seconds per mile, at best, under most conditions. It is not worth the risk. And please use turn signals for everything. It shows courtesy and care for yourself and others besides being the law. OK? Too many destroyed lives and damaged vehicles are the result of sudden and unannounced lane changes/exits or entry to highways and turns. Too many people tailgating out there for you not to use your turn signals. And if you like to tailgate, please don't. OK? Many thanks.
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vinnie savino As a ford sales consultant in the greatest city in the world, NEW YORK !! Through my clients feedback. Ford has truly become a world class contender in the the global car market.Hats off to Ford for providing industry leading vehicles with safety,technology ,fit and finish. Thanks for making my job so easy. Vinnie Savino
2 year(s) ago via
Terry 1972 first ford 1953 I still have ford 6six t-birds 59-65,two,56stationwagons ,excursion whitch should have still made.f250,L9000 well you know. Thank you ford I will keep buying your product If we stand up for people. in the USA The ones that stand up for them selfs I am a harley rider toooo
2 year(s) ago via
Merari Velazquez I love the ford edge but I can't afford it right now :(
2 year(s) ago via
jaime every thing about ford is awesome i was born and raised around fords only never would own anything but ford keep up the awesome work ford................
2 year(s) ago via
Felipe Carastan I love the Edge, since its fists generation... but here in Brazil, it's tooooooo expensive!! =(
2 year(s) ago via
Melissa Callison Traded in my Edge for a Flex - love them both!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
George Mouring overpriced
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John dodge FTW!!! Their trucks and diesels are better than fords!!!
2 year(s) ago via
Dino Giaouris ford is the best edge is the best congrats FORD !
2 year(s) ago via
Todd Heide Flex too!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Barry Knight own a 2007 Fod Edge , love it even more b/c it is paid for.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
CC Heard rumours you are coming out with a 4 cylinder Edge. We need it!! Gas prices are insane and this car needs better MPG. Can't wait
2 year(s) ago via
William Have a 2007 Edge SEL AWD......great vehicle and my 2yr. old German Shepherd loves riding in it! Perfect for Schutzhund and a great winter vehicle....AWD rocks!!!
2 year(s) ago via
FaureciaNA Congrats!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cyril Vil No wonder we've got 3 fords in our garage :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Vlad Barannikov Go ford
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Laurie Jarosz Berger Recently five adult women vacationed in Florida and we got a Ford Edge rental. Couldn't believe how comfortably we were all seated, plus it accommodated ALL OUR LUGGAGE, no problem. Way to go Ford.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Doug Bentley I have edge limited rental while my Subaru is being worked on. Great ride! I am enjoying it. It also is taking 4 days longer than expected to fix mine. For some reason it doesn't bother me.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Hiroki Ando I love ford!! I love my car!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jeanette Beldin Love my 2010 Limited Edge!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Wallace BUT you dont have to worrie about saftey-ness if you get a Raptor. (=
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rosemarie Forcum Love our 2010 Edge Limited. Had 5 Explorers before the Edge, which we loved also. But the switch to the Edge was good for us.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cody Mitchell if only i could afford one :/, love the car and the design. so much and better looking than the competition.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Scott Logan Love my 2011 Edge!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Gerald D Horton GO FORD!! The best quarter in 13 years,,on a roll. w/o bailouts,,you can do it!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Esther Martinez I love my Edge :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cindy Foster Schultz I want an Edge sooooooooo bad!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dallas Wright Remember....the ford ranger was the FIRST edge because it had an edge edition going back to atleast 1992...more than 10 years before the name went independent of the popular compact pick up to become named after a crossover.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Don Bond It Does not have one safety feature to keep the driver from breaking the LAW. this in return will reduce the deaths of kids at the Hands of their Parents.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Evan 'Happy' Ruiz Plus, Ford offers inflatable second row seat belts. Which no other car company has to offer
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Alex Nalbandian I'm very happy that Ford is making such big strides. But they shouldn't stop trying. Keep up the good work!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Denton Grenke Nothing less than expected in 2011. Great products+great management+great customers=great company
2 year(s) ago via
Louie Calcaterra Ford was the only one of the big three not to make the "worst cars in america" list by "if i remember" forbes :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Georgia LeBlond They sure are!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kimberly Sue Andrews is one of those Ford people !!! Keep the saftey features coming ..thanks Ford !!
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