The Ford Escape was taking in for safety test by IIHS and was rated poorly by IIHS. According to IIHS, the Ford Escape allowed too much intrusion into the passenger compartment but that was not all.
The test also revealed that the side curtain airbags failed to deploy in the crash which was a surprise as that is not something that IIHS encounters often. The test video also showed that the driver side performed better than the passenger side but that is to be expected since Ford reinforced the structure starting from the 2017 model. The passenger side was not given the same upgrade.
The Ford Escape was not the only one that failed to impress. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport earned a marginal rating in the latest test. Other models like the BMW X1, Jeep Compass and Mitsubishi Outlander were given a good rating.