Thanks to an innovative crash structure that has impressed experts thus far, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has done particularly well in various types of safety testing, earning a perfect five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its performance in both side impact and rollover crash testing, acing its Euro NCAP and Green NCAP assessments, and earning accolades from the IIHS for the performance of its AEB system at night. However, IIHS recently updated its moderate front overlap crash test, and as a result, very few crossovers have managed to earn the best possible rating of good, a short list that includes the 2023 Ford Escape, 2022-2023 Ford Explorer, and now, the 2021-2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E, too.
The Ford Explorer and Mustang Mach-E were two of only four mid-size crossovers among a group of 13 in this most recent test to achieve this stellar rating, an honor that The Blue Oval attributes to the fact that each utilizes seat belts with pretensioner and load limiting technology in both the first and second rows. Additionally, the Mach-E finished as the top scoring mid-size EV crossover in this most recent round.
The new IIHS 2.0 moderate front overlap crash testing now includes measuring impact to rear-seat occupants in addition to front passengers, and as a result, the majority of the mid-size crossovers tested failed to meet these new standards. Three of those models – the Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, and Volkswagen Atlas – earned marginal ratings, while the remaining six – the Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Mazda CX-9, and Nissan Murano – received poor ratings.
To earn a good rating, measurements recorded by sensors in the second-row dummy must not exceed limits indicating an excessive risk of injury to the head, neck, chest, abdomen, or thigh. A pressure sensor that monitors the position of the shoulder belt on the torso of the dummy is also used to help gauge the risk of chest injuries.
“Safety and quality are two of our top priorities,” said Jim Baumbick, vice president, Ford Product Development and Quality. “Receiving this recognition from IIHS for Mustang Mach-E and Explorer has reaffirmed that we’re focused in the right places to help make our customers’ lives better.”