The 2020 Ford Explorer three-row SUV has earned a Top Safety Pick+, which is the highest safety rating from the insurance company-funded IIHS, the automaker announced Monday. The mechanically related 2020 Lincoln Aviator earned a Top Safety Pick award.

Both three-row crossover SUVs failed to earn the rating in earlier testing because the vehicles missed a “Good” rating in the driver’s side small overlap test, which is one of the six crash tests conducted by the IIHS for passenger safety. All six crash tests must result in a “Good” rating, and a vehicle must score at least an “Acceptable” rating for its standard headlights.

The non-profit safety agency upgraded its rating for the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator after Ford modified the subframe to improve crash protection for the driver’s left leg. The awards apply to vehicles built after May 2020.


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