Just last week, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after acing all six Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crashworthiness tests with good ratings – the top possible results in those categories. However, the Ford Bronco Sport fared even better, earning a coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, which is the highest possible rating issued by the independent, non-profit group.
The Bronco Sport scored a rating of good in all six IIHS crashworthiness tests, the top rating in each category. The six IIHS crashworthiness tests include driver- and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.
“As the Ford Bronco of small SUVs, Bronco Sport was engineered to help our customers get out and adventure, both on- and off-road, and to do so safely,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product platform and operations officer. “This IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating validates that commitment.”
To qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, vehicles must also be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. Ratings of good or acceptable for headlights must be standard on all models, regardless of trim level.
The IIHS award is the latest of many honors and accolades earned by the all-new Bronco Sport, including Popular Science‘s Best of What’s New 2020 and Esquire magazine’s Best Compact/Midsize SUV.
To date, the Bronco Sport has proven to be a hot commodity with car shoppers, to the point where dealers were granted permission to sell demo units earlier this year to meet surging demand for the new crossover. Regardless, some buyers are facing up to a four-week delivery delay, depending on how they option their vehicles.
Making matters worse, as we reported just yesterday, the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant – where the Bronco Sport is produced – will be shut down from May 3rd through May 17th because of the ongoing global semiconductor chip shortage, which won’t help matters.