2020 Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair have received the Top Safety Pick awards. The IIHS has given both the crossover models a Top Safety Pick award after the usual barrage of crash tests, safety technology tests and headlight examinations. Both passed the crash tests with flying colors thus earning the even better Top Safety Pick Plus designation.
The 2020 Escape and Corsair models nailed the trickiest small-overlap front passenger-side crash test. The vehicles need to earn at least an acceptable rating, but the Ford and Lincoln crossovers earned really good ratings. Standard active safety technology includes frontal-crash prevention and the IIHS said it is Superior in both models as at 25 mph and 12 mph, the Escape and Corsair avoided a crash.
In the other news their headlights kept them from bagging the total glory. Both these models have ‘positive’ Headlights, one of the main criteria if the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards a model a Top Safety Pick award. They are the make or break part of a vehicle to decide the award.
Only Escape model earned an Acceptable rating for headlights, which let it win the Top Safety Pick award (the most expensive model, the Escape Platinum). It includes LED reflector headlights while other models get halogen reflectors that scored Marginal.
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair didn’t have identical results even when its top-performing headlights are also locked away in the pricier Reserve trim with the Reserve II options package, it scored Acceptable. All other models’ headlights received a rating of Poor. They are LED reflectors but during the testing they produced excessive glare. The Corsair’s best headlights include high-beam assist and are curve-adaptive while the Escape’s best headlights do not boast a curve-adaptive system.