Ford redesigned its midsize SUV this year, and along with fresh styling and more safety features, the 2015 Edge earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The two-row SUV received the top score of good in moderate overlap front, side, roof-strength and head restraint tests and achieved the second-best rating of acceptable in the difficult small front overlap crash test.
Related: Read the 2015 Ford Edge Review
The previous-generation Edge also got good scores in moderate overlap front, side, roof-strength and head restraint tests, but was precluded from achieving the Top Safety Pick award because it had not yet undergone the small front overlap test.
To get the IIHS’ highest safety rating, Top Safety Pick Plus, vehicles must be equipped with an available front crash system that scores an advanced or superior rating in tests. The 2015 Edge doesn’t qualify because it doesn’t have a front crash prevention system equipped with automatic braking, IIHS noted in a statement; the Edge’s front crash prevention system earned a basic rating.
One of the Edge’s main competitors, the 2015 Nissan Murano earned a Top Safety Pick Plus rating. Another, the 2016 Kia Sedona, earned a Top Safety Pick score.