If you’re looking for another reason to go green, Ford has one for you: its all-electric version of the Ford Focus has just earned a five-star overall crash-test rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Focus Electric actually trumped its gasoline-powered twin by scoring five stars in the frontal, side, and rollover crash testing, which results in an overall rating of five stars. (The non-electric Focus also has a five-star-overall rating, but scored four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests.)
With five stars across the board, that puts the Ford Focus Electric ahead of the other two all-electric cars that NHTSA has tested — the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. While the Leaf also has an overall rating of five stars, it only managed four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests. The i-MiEV, on the other hand, falls short of both the Ford and the Nissan: it’s only rated for four stars overall thanks to four-star ratings in the frontal and rollover crash tests and just three stars in the side crash test.
The Ford Focus Electric comes standard with six airbags and traction control; Ford also touts its voice-activated Sync system as an added safety feature to help keep drivers focused on the road. Pricing for the 2013 Focus Electric begins at $39,995 including destination but before any of the deep discounts Ford has been offering on the car. Range is rated at 76 miles and achieves a combined rating of 105 MPGe.