The 2013 Ford Escape and 2013 Mazda CX-5 are both impressive new crossovers that bring plenty to the table for buyers. Top safety marks, however, seem to have been left off of the menu.

These popular new crossovers are just the first of among 54 new cars to be tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and both received a four-star overall crash rating, out of a possible five stars.

While a four-star rating is still pretty respectable, this announcement does come on the heels of three separate recalls that have been issued for the new Escape since its introduction this summer. The good news for Ford, at least, is that the new model received a five-star rating for side impact. That, with four stars for frontal crash and rollover protection, add up to the four-star overall rating. The all-new Mazda CUV duplicated those scores.

Despite not getting a perfect five stars, each of these vehicles are safer than their respective predecessors, the previous-generation Escape and the Mazda Tribute, which had three stars across all four categories.

Also in the list of crossovers getting a four-star rating is the updated 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport although this is the same as the 2012 model year.


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      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford's got Four Stars, GM's got On Star. ok bad joke.
      lmckee1065
      • 2 Years Ago
      The headline said "These SUV's Earned High Safety Marks". This article isn't even close and I'm noticing more and more AOL news offers misleading headlines. It's getting tiring to the point that one of these days I'm going to stop reading AOL's headlines altogether.
        aol.sucks
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lmckee1065
        AOL leans so far left its just sad changing myine to fox and get a little truth
      Klinkster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow!! Ford is blowing things big time! Multiple serious recalls on their Escape and now this? Anything less than 5-stars given this is a new design = failure. Old Ford days seem to have returned.
        Netguru2000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        According to the NHTSA website in the last 3 years, not one SUV received all 5 stars for front, side and rollover, not one.
          mary.keana
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Netguru2000
          Perhaps, but the CR-V does get an overall rating of 5-stars.
        Netguru2000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        According to the NHTSA website in the last 3 years, not one SUV received all 5 stars for front, side and rollover, not one.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      So in addition to quality that's dropping even further off the cliff, safety is slipping at Ford too. Even the new Fusion does not live up to Ford's hype of leading each segment in fuel economy. Meet the new Ford, same as the old Ford. Overpromise, under-deliver.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        47 MPG is class leading. 4 Stars by the NHTSA makes both the Escape and CX-5 the safest vehicles in their segment that has been tested under the new standards. That is all.
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          Wrong again merlot, as usual!
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          I'm trying to catch up to your all-time record. I see there's no moronic rebuttal to the Fusion earning a best-in-class 47 MPG rating though. I guess even you can't deny a black-and-white fact like that.
          mary.keana
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          NOPE, the CR-V earned a 5-star overall rating. That would be higher than Ford's 4-star rating.
        LSxInTX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Got to admit though, their stuff is at least looking better. ;)
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LSxInTX
          I guess the new Fords look good. But then by that measure, so did the Aztek. The reality is, Ford hasen't been able to design a good looking vehicle for the better part of 10 years. Their designers are aboutr as competant as a blind guy with no arms.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LSxInTX
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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...and then they caught fire.
      Klinkster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow!! Ford is blowing things big time! Multiple serious recalls on their Escape and now this? Anything less than 5-stars given this is a new design = failure. Old Ford days seem to have returned.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      So in addition to quality that's dropping even further off the cliff, safety is slipping at Ford too. Even the new Fusion does not live up to Ford's hype of leading each segment in fuel economy. Meet the new Ford, same as the old Ford. Overpromise, under-deliver.
      gregmlr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of course the new Escape has a 4 star safety rating, no one has been able to drive one long enough to crash it for all the recalls.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      So in addition to quality that's dropping even further off the cliff, safety is slipping at Ford too. Even the new Fusion does not live up to Ford's hype of leading each segment in fuel economy. Meet the new Ford, same as the old Ford. Overpromise, under-deliver.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Four stars is the best anyone has been given in this class. Ford recalls were for fire 'risk', not an actual group of flaming cars, idiots. This forum is full of Ford trolls.
        mary.keana
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        Wrong, the CR-V was given an overall rating of 5-stars.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
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      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can see the XX-5 getting that award but remember the Escape was catching on fire new. http://www.autoblog.com/2012/09/05/2013-ford-escape-recalled-for-third-time-again-for-fire-risk/
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can see the XX-5 getting that award but remember the Escape was catching on fire new. http://www.autoblog.com/2012/09/05/2013-ford-escape-recalled-for-third-time-again-for-fire-risk/
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