The Mustang's made progress on safety, but not all of the ratings are in just yet.
The 2012 Ford Mustang has been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which gives it mixed ratings. Two-door Mustang coupes earn "good" scores for front-impact protection, but just "acceptable" ratings for side-impact protection. Convertibles are "good" on both fronts. The coupe hasn't yet been tested for roof-crush strength.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't done any of its usual tests on the 2012 Mustang, but assigns it a numerically-compiled rollover rating of five stars.
All Mustangs come with standard front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control. Moving up the model hierarchy, and many Mustangs can be equipped with Bluetooth; blind-spot monitors; a rearview camera; and new this year, rear parking sensors.
Visibility is a challenge with either Mustang, but the convertible isn't as bad as some of its kind when the top is up.
We'll update this review when more information becomes available.