Launched last month, the facelifted Ford Ranger is the latest vehicle to be subjected to crash testing by ASEAN NCAP – the Blue Oval pick-up truck has been awarded five stars by the regional safety agency.

The Ranger scored an impressive 15.45 points in Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) in the 64 km/h frontal offset crash test, putting it well within the five-star threshold. However, it stumbles slightly in Child Occupant Protection (COP), netting just three stars with a 63% compliance rating.

Bear in mind that only vehicles equipped with electric stability control (ESC) are eligible for the five-star rating; those without the safety net gain a four-star rating instead. However, all Ranger models in Malaysia are equipped with ESC, so they should all qualify for a five-star rating. Dual airbags are standard fitment over here, with the range-topping 3.2L Wildtrack variant adding side and curtain airbags, for a total of six airbags.


So far, five pickup trucks have been tested by ASEAN NCAP, and the Ranger is the best performing of the lot, slotting ahead of the Chevrolet Colorado (five stars/15.19 points in AOP, three stars/63% in COP), Toyota Hilux (five stars/14.53 points in AOP, four stars/71% in COP), Mitsubishi Triton (four stars/13.56 points in AOP, two stars/48% in COP) and Isuzu D-Max (four stars/11.87% in AOP, four stars/71% in COP).

However, ASEAN NCAP also incorporated results of a Mitsubishi Triton with seven airbags and ESC (ours only has two airbags and no ESC) taken from the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) – that scored five stars in AOP with 15.22 points, but also scored only two stars in COP with 48% compliance.