Don't underestimate the little brother.
The Bronco Sport 4-door SUV — often called a baby Bronco — has scored a coveted perfect crash test score from the independent, nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
This is a pretty big deal.
The 2021 Mustang Mach-E earned a Top Pick, which is a strong rating.
But the Bronco Sport is perfect with a Top Pick+ rating.
When it comes to crash test evaluation, the Bronco Sport ranks among the best in the small SUV category along with the Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Volvo XC-40 and Volvo XC-40 Recharge. All of these are 4-door models.
"In our studies, safety is the second most important factor as shoppers consider vehicles to buy," with reliability being first, said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for the online marketplace autotrader.com. "Ford has delivered on safety wrapped in a cool package that has proven to be very popular."
The Bronco Sport rated higher than the luxury Lexus UX and Lincoln Corsair, as well as the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sportage, Kia Seltos, Toyota C-HR, Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Prime and Toyota Venza. All vehicles listed are 4-door models.
Engineers researched impact on the driver side, passenger side, roof strength, head restraints. Vehicles in the Top Safety Pick+ category have headlights that meet top safety standards on all available models.
"Some doubted Bronco Sport but we have crazy smart engineers that created a badass baby mountain goat for trails and have done it again with Top Safety Pick+," Mike Levine, Ford North America product communications manager, told the Free Press on Sunday.