Proving itself as one of the industry’s most family-friendly vehicles, the 2021 Ford Explorer SUV won IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ honors for the second year in a row.
To win this year’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, the Explorer was required to post “Good” scores for these six crash tests: driver-side and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, head restraints, and roof strength.
The Explorer also met a pair of other IIHS criteria for the award. It offers “Advanced” or “Superior” front crash prevention tech, and each of its trims offers “Good” or “Advanced” headlights.
The next tier below TOP SAFETY PICK+ is TOP SAFETY PICK, and the 2021 Ford lineup produced a couple of winners here, too. The 2021 Escape SUV and 2021 Edge SUV both got the nod for the second year in a row, proving their long-term appeal for safety-conscious drivers.
TOP SAFETY PICK victors must achieve the same crash-test ratings and get the same scores for their crash prevention tech as TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners. The difference between the awards is headlights. TOP SAFETY PICK models must offer at least one “Advanced” headlight option, but they’re not required on all trims.
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