Crossovers and SUVs are seen by the majority of drivers as being safer than sedans, hatchbacks, and coupes. The higher seating position and more rugged styling give the body styles a safer look to consumers. Unfortunately, as the 2018 Ford EcoSport’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rating reveals, that’s not always the case.
In the government’s crash tests, the 2018 EcoSport earned an unusually low three-star rollover rating for front-wheel-drive models. EcoSport models with the available all-wheel-drive system earned a rating of four stars in the rollover test. The Rollover Resistance test, according to the NHTSA, “measures the risk of rollover in a single-vehicle, loss-of-control scenario.”
Both versions of the EcoSport earned a four-star rating overall, which includes an overall side star rating of five stars and a frontal crash rating of four stars. As The Car Connection points out, earning a rating of three stars for the NHTSA’s rollover test is rare, as the majority of SUVs and crossovers earn at least a four star rating. The outlet claims that the EcoSport is the only subcompact crossover to have a three-star rating for the government’s rollover test.
The EcoSport’s competitors, which include the Chevrolet Trax, Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-3, and Honda HR-V all have an overall safety rating of five stars and earned a four star rating in the rollover test.