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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars frontal, five stars side, five stars rollover
Available safety features include ABS, traction control, new-for-2010 antiskid system, and front side airbags
Federal government test results for the 2010 Mustang coupe are already out; they include top five-star ratings across the board, in all frontal and side tests and even rollover. Among convertibles, last year's convertible pony car earned the highest possible ratings from NHTSA in both the frontal and side impact categories. The IIHS rated the 2009 Mustang Ford convertible as "acceptable" in the frontal offset test, which is the second-highest rating from the agency. Furthermore, in the side impact test, 2009 Ford Mustang convertibles scored the highest possible rating of "good." The 2010 Ford Mustang retains much of the same body structure as the 2009 Mustang, so drivers can expect similar ratings.
The 2010 Ford Mustang refresh truly brings something new for everyone, including the safety-conscious. For the new Ford Mustang, the engineers at Ford add a "new-for-2010 antiskid system," according to Consumer Guide, that complements "available safety features [that] include ABS, traction control," and a full range of airbags. The new stability control scores well in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, with Car and Driver reporting that "the system allows substantial shenanigans before it decides to shut down the fun" and a "sport setting is even more permissive." Jalopnik also points out that "all models get traction and stability control as standard," whereas some competitors make you spend more for those features, and an "optional rear view camera" is available to aid driver visibility. Speaking of visibility, Consumer Guide quips that "outward vision is OK in coupes," while driving top-down in the convertible allows for generous sightlines in all directions.
The 2010 Ford Mustang's new stability control brings an extra measure of safety without putting too much of a damper on the fun.