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Ford Mustang Mach-E Aces Updated IIHS Test

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.”

We’ll have more on the Mach-E soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang Mach-E news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Jon

    Not only are EVs safer, they accelerate better, brake better, handle better, have better interiors, have more advanced technology, don’t make their drivers waste time and money donating to big oil profits every week, and are far less expensive and time consuming to maintain and repair. Which is why the internal combustion engine is on it’s way out, for good. Great Job Ford!

    1. Jon

      Wow, something I said truly triggered you Mike. In today’s real world, facts do not equal “hate.” Your term for big oil = “natural resources” is also truly laughable. The fact is, Big Oil is soo0 last century, as is your line of “reasoning.” But, I’ll throw you one recommendation: buy an EV (if you can :-). It will change your life, and your outdated, juvenile perspective.

      1. Mike says...

        To restate… liked your observations right up to when you attacked long standing companies and individuals that drive ICE vehicles.
        Perhaps BEV is the future… but you don’t get there Jon by beating up everyone and everything that doesn’t support your world view.
        I suspect ‘your’ judgmental and juvenile approach to promoting change will not be well received by many who may well have agreed with you in principle.
        But hey, if you think I am the bad guy, then you probably just undercut anything good that might come out of the BEV transition.
        To put it in a simpler context, I never understood anyone who felt that by tearing down companies and individuals was the best way forward for anyone…. but you decide Jon and let me know.

    2. Mike says...

      Hey Jon.. the thought control police just sliced our conversation in half.
      I don’t know about you, but your points were mostly in agreement with mine.
      Tone and style seem to be a sensitive point with the moderator…
      Be well my friend.


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