Ford’s new Ecoboost-powered 2015 full size SUVs have received a high safety rating from the NHTSA.
Both the 2015 Ford Expedition and the 2015 Lincoln Navigator earned a five-star New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the highest possible overall rating.
The NCAP was established to test for performance against safety threats. It includes tests for front and side impacts. For both vehicles, the rating applies to the regular and elongated versions.
“The 2015 Expedition now has driver-assist technology features that are new to the nameplate,” said Steve Kenner, director, Ford Global Automotive Safety Office. “These technology upgrades make Expedition the full-size utility vehicle for customers who want capability, style and modern conveniences.”
This Ecoboost-powered duo represent the most powerful and fuel-efficient Expedition and Navigator yet with 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque from their 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6,.
A two-wheel-drive 2015 Expedition has an EPA-estimated rating of 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway; the Navigator carries the same EPA rating.
Standard safety features that have helped these vehicles attain their score include AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags, SOS Post-Crash Alert System, tire pressure monitoring system and traction control.
Ford stated the 2015 model debuts driver-assist technologies to the Expedition nameplate, like available radar-based Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert. Using sensor-based radar technology, BLIS can help detect when a vehicle is in a driver’s blind spot and flashes a warning light in the appropriate sideview mirror.
Cross-traffic alert, linked to the BLIS system, uses radar to help detect vehicles approaching from the side when a driver is slowly backing out of a parking spot or driveway. Ford said when a vehicle is detected, an audible warning sounds and a visual cue will be issued in the message center.