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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
“Available safety features include ABS, traction control, and front side airbags.”
“Acceptable," frontal offset collision; "good," side-impact collision
Five stars, front impact; five stars, side impact
Neither stability control nor full-length head curtain airbags are available
The 2009 Ford Mustang performs well in crash tests and offers a good deal of safety equipment on up-level versions.
In a variety of collision simulations from independent crash-testing authorities, the Ford Mustang 2009 scores very well. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Mustang 2009 models its best rating of "good" for side-impact tests, while the Mustang scores the second-best rating of "acceptable" for frontal offset collisions. Achieving a perfect score of five stars in front and side impact tests, as well as a five-star rating for rollover risk from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Ford Mustang convertible tests impeccably well.
Kelley Blue Book notes that the "GT Deluxe adds...anti-lock brakes" as standard equipment, but the V-6 Mustangs aren't similarly equipped. Edmunds points out that safety features include "four-wheel disc brakes and front seat side airbags...standard on all Mustangs," but cautions that "neither stability control nor full-length head curtain airbags are available" on the V-6 versions of the Ford Mustang. The lack of stability control is surprising in a sportscar, as nearly all of the Mustang 2009's competitors reviewed by TheCarConnection.com feature some sort of stability or traction control system. However, Motor Trend points out that the Shelby GT500 and GT500KR both feature standard "traction control."
In terms of another critical safety characteristic, driver visibility, ConsumerGuide reports that on the Ford Mustang "outward vision is good in coupes, but the convertible top leaves wide over-the-shoulder blind spots" when raised. Car and Driver is quick to point out that new safety features for Ford Mustang include "front-seat side airbags," which greatly improve the car's overall safety rating.
The 2009 Ford Mustang scores well in crash tests, but it lacks some of the dynamic features to complete the package.