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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.

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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.