The 2011 Ford Mustang hasn’t yet been crash-tested by either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but we’ll update this review when the information becomes available. The 2010 Mustang, which was closely related structurally, got top five-star results from the feds. Even the Convertible received top "good" ratings from the IIHS—after a retest—so we expect solid scores.
As recently as a few years ago, the affordable pony cars went without modern safety systems like stability control, but that’s now included on all 2011 Ford Mustang models, as are seat-mounted side-impact airbags and anti-lock brakes. Ford now also features a "black box" event data recorder and a SOS post-crash alert system that will activate the hazard lamps and sound the horn if the airbags are deployed.
Visibility is definitely hindered in the Convertible with the soft top up, but it’s not nearly as bad as in some drop-tops.