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2015 Ford Edge Rated IIHS Top Safety Pick

Lack of automatic braking precludes "Plus" designation.

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The 2015 Ford Edge is the latest vehicle to receive the coveted Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, because the Edge does not feature any automatic braking technology, it was not eligible for the even more prestigious Top Safety Pick+ designation. Its forward collision warning feature only qualified as a "basic" system under the IIHS' testing.

This is the first Ford Edge to be subjected to the grueling small-overlap front crash test, which simulates a car hitting a narrow object like a telephone pole. Ford specifically toughened the door hinges in models built after May 2015 to maximize protection in this situation. As a result, the 2015 Ford Edge scored "Acceptable" in the small-overlap test, with 5 inches of intrusion into the passenger compartment. The IIHS currently requires cars earn "Acceptable" or "Good" marks in the small-overlap test to be named a TSP, but for the 2016 model year, the IIHS will require cars to score "Good" in the test. That means the Ford Edge needs some modifications if it wants to keep its TSP rating next year.

The 2015 Ford Edge also received "Good" ratings in the moderate-overlap frontal and side crashes, as well as in roof-strength and head-restraint evaluations.

The 2015 Ford Edge is available with three engine options: a 280-hp, 3.5-liter V-6; a 315-hp, 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6; and a 245-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four. Pricing for the Edge starts at $28,995, including destination.

Take a look at the how the 2015 Ford Edge fared in the IIHS' demanding small-overlap crash test in the video below.

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