Dearborn, Michigan – The 2009 Ford Escape and Escape Hybrid have earned five stars in U.S. government crashworthiness tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The rating also applies to the Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid, sister cars to the Escape that are not sold in Canada.

“Ford is a leader in safety and fuel economy,” said Susan Cischke, Ford’s senior vice-president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. “Not even Toyota or Honda can match the new Escape’s safety and fuel efficiency ratings. Ford has more five-star-rated vehicles than any other automaker, and we’ve committed to lead or be at the top of every segment in which we compete in terms of fuel efficiency.”

The models include curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring system. For 2009, the Escape offers a new 171-horsepower 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with intake variable cam timing for enhanced fuel economy and performance; the Escape Hybrid will feature a version of the new engine.

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