Despite some quality-related hiccups, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has received quite a bit of praise from third party entities. As Ford Authority recently reported, The Blue Oval’s first dedicated electric vehicle beat out its competitors in the compact SUV portion of the 2021 J.D. Power APEAL Study, while the Michigan State Police determined that it could pass muster as a patrol vehicle for law enforcement agencies. Now, its received another tip of the hat from Consumer Reports, which studied its rear seat safety features and came away impressed.
To make matters even more interesting, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E tied with two other FoMoCo vehicles for third place: the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport and the 2021 Ford F-150. The trio of Ford-branded vehicles were bested only by the Toyota Sienna and Nissan Rogue, although all of the top scoring models have been recently introduced or redesigned. For this all-new evaluation, Consumer Reports tested 35 vehicles and considered several factors that specifically impact rear seat safety for the humans that must reside there, most notably infants in car seats and kids under the age of 12. To that end, the organization assigned scores based on car seat fitment, ease of booster seat installation, rear occupant alert and belt minder systems, and the presence of advanced rear restraints. The Mustang Mach-E earned very good scores for how well it accommodated child and booster seats, and the effectiveness of the belt reminder system and the head rear restraints.
This latest third party kudos to the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E did not arrive in a vacuum, as the IIHS awarded the electric crossover with a Top Safety Pick designation earlier this year. Automotive engineer Sandy Munro also praised the Mach-E’s structure when his company tore down the model they purchased, and basically reached the same conclusion that the IIHS did, based on what he saw from the body-in-white alone.