Cars these days are a lot of things: they’re reliable, dependable, good-looking, fuel-efficient, tech-packed and comfortable. You’ve got spacious, cozy interiors and tons of cargo space even in the tiniest compact cars, all thanks to the progress and to healthy competition that never seems to cool off (and that’s a great thing). Now let’s talk about the Safest Ford Cars to date.
Back in the day, we used to drive 30-40 thousand-dollar cars that had a special neck for breaking down in the middle of the road and letting us down. Today, even a 15-20K car is SO MUCH BETTER and dependable. Now, speaking of the breakthrough we had in these last couple of decades, I gotta talk about safety: it’s the number 1 priority to anybody who’s looking for a modern-day family hauler because you just can’t be too safe when it comes down to your loved ones, right? And the fact that the industry majors are taking extra measures to ensure our well-being is laudable at the very least. I know it’s all about winning over the customers and making their wallets that much thinner, but you can’t deny that we all benefit from that as well – hugely.
Keep Me Safe…Please?
So, today we’ll talk about the safest Ford cars to date – the good stuff, as I like to say. Don’t worry – this isn’t an article about the 50-100K models that just can’t seem to be in your reach (or mine). No, this is that down-to-Earth discussion, and we’ll focus on the affordable, low-budget vehicles that can still make the most expensive cars from back in the day blush and go shopping for additional airbags :). By the way, speaking of brands, I have to point out that the Blue Oval Brand has one of the safest vehicles on the road right now, along with the class-leader – Toyota – Honda, Chevy and the others. The company builds a pretty mighty line-up of family-friendly cars with top-notch ratings, including sedans, SUVs, trucks and compact cars. You’ve got world-class comfort, safety, efficiency and safety turning Michigan’s finest into one of the leaders of the low-budget game, which is, by far, the most profitable market in the automobile industry. Here, in the United States, this major is the crowd favorite when it comes to mid-size family cars and SUVs. Alright, let’s get right to it and talk about the safest Ford cars to date. Get ready to be saved, people!
#1 – The Ford Fusion
Did you know that IIHS (the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) is the best thing that ever happened to the industry? That’s right, these folks made it their life’s work to make sure we, the regular people, are safe on the roads. They constantly “consult” with the biggest manufacturers in the business and convince them to further safe-prove their newest cars. Furthermore, as of 2014, they increased their already-tough safety standards to a whole new level, which, again, is great news for us. Therefore, I’m happy to say that the Ford Fusion is one of the few lucky ones to earn the organization’s Top Safety Pick+ rating in the segment of affordable mid-size sedans (or, as they put it, in the “moderately priced market”). And, it’s also a super-versatile and practical car, offering a spacious, leg- and head-room-friendly interior, comfortable seating (even the back seats are super-cozy, and that’s a rare thing in this class, so, kudos to Ford) decent fuel economy and that “low-priced-but-cool” exterior design. Come to think of it, the Fusion has it all: superb safety ratings, tons of interior/cargo room and a pretty generous pack of entry-level features/equipment and optional goodies, all of which make it a great pick for a family who loves to ride in a safe, comfy, stylish and affordable mid-size sedan.
In addition, the available Hybrid and Energi Plug-In editions offer class-leading fuel-efficiency, with the automatic start-stop system being available on both models. Alright, that’s it for the Fusion – one of the safest Ford Cars To Date.
The Safest Ford Cars To Date – #2, The Ford Explorer
Hands down, the Explorer is one of the most recognizable, iconic and simple awesome entry-level luxury SUVs on the planet. It’s sleek, smooth, classy and premium all wrapped up with a ribbon on it. The spacious cabin/interior offers plenty of room to mess around with your family/friends, while the construction platform is specifically designed to withstand even the harshest crashes. Besides, you’ve got tons of safety features/equipment, both standard and optional. You could say that the Explorer is the best combination of affordable luxury, great looks, efficiency and, obviously, safety. As far as the safest Ford cars to date go, this is your best bet when it comes to the segment of SUVs. The FWD-equipped edition with the 2.3-lit 4-cylinder engine (turbocharged, by the way) is good for 270 Horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, while the efficiency numbers are as follows: 28MPG hwy/19MPG city (22MPG combined). Not bad for an SUV, huh?
So, at the end of the day, if you’re ready to invest into some quality rollin’ down the block, the entry-level Ford Explorer 2016 can be yours for just 31K MSRP. That’s a bargain if you ask me. On the other hand, the ultimate trim – Platinum – gets dangerously close to luxury-level pricing and costs 53K. Still, I believe it’s a fair price-tag, because, even today, with the market of SUVs being crowded like never before, an SUV like that is quite a rare thing and definitely worth your while.
#3 – The Ford Escape
Alright, I’ve got yet another sexy SUV for y’all, which is, again, one of the safest Ford Cars to date. This one comes with a far more affordable price-tag of 23.6K MSRP for the entry-level S trim and decent fuel-efficiency: 29 miles per gallon on the highway and 21MPG in the city. Plus, it’s as safe as your next perfect model (even though the ratings are not quite as impressive as the Explorer’s), so, keep your eye on this one. The interior boasts good-quality materials and a lot of room even in the 2nd row of seats. The standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, air conditioning, folding back seats, cruise control, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch display, Bluetooth/USB connections, a 6-speaker sound-system, and even the Sync voice-command interface to get hands-free contact. If you browse around you’ll see that the critics really love the Escape, naming it one hell of a deal for any family out there that appreciates fair pricing, spacious interiors, and good looks. As for the standard safety equipment, you’ve got stability/traction control, side curtain/front-seat side airbags, a front passenger knee airbag, rear parking sensors, and more. Optional goodies include forward-collision/lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist.
The Safest Ford Cars To Date – #4, The Ford Focus
I gotta admit: everybody loves the “super hatchback”, the Ford Focus ST, which is by far the greatest compact car that packs mighty heat like the big boys in town. It’s quite powerful, indeed, and looks cool, too. Furthermore, that turbocharged engine is not only strong but also pretty fuel-efficient, making the competition nervous and scared: the car returns 37 miles per gallon on the highway and 27MPG in the city, which is impressive, to say the least.
But, it’s a bit above the regular American’s pay grade, and that’s why we’ll focus on the standard edition: it’s definitely one of the best low-budget compact vehicles in the segment, and, if you’re a young couple with one or two kids, it could just be the perfect ride for you. By the way, the Focus is part of this new safety campaign by the Blue Oval Brand that is all about rethinking the way cars are being manufactured. It might sound a bit cryptic, but the fact that this hot-head received excellent safety ratings from the IIHS only means that this new approach works.
Right now you can get the entry-level SE hatch for just 19K, while the mighty-mighty ST trim will cost you almost double – 36K (but it’s well worth it). Bottom line is if you’re all about making the right choices, going with the Focus will be one of them 🙂
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