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2012 Ford Mustang coupe: "good" for front impacts, "acceptable" for side impacts
2012 Ford Mustang convertible: "good" for front impacts, "good" for side impacts
For 2011, Ford added small insets on both side mirrors to open up the field of view and effectively eliminate blind spots.
Sporty coupes and convertibles—and especially muscle cars—haven't exactly had a stellar record for safety in the past; but the truth is, much of that was likely due more to the risky drivers they attracted than to issues with the cars themselves.
The 2013 Ford Mustang is a case in point; it has quite impressive safety, with Mustang Convertible models scoring a top 'good' rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in frontal, side, and rear impact. Coupes earn 'acceptable' instead for side impact. And in federal NCAP testing, the 2013 Mustang has earned four-star ratings overall, as well as for frontal and side impact.
Front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control are included in all 2013 Mustang models. And with Bluetooth; blind-spot monitors; a rearview camera; and rear parking sensors now all available, you can get more safety in the Mustang than a number of sedans that are priced in the vicinity of the Mustang V-6.
Outward visibility is an issue in the Mustang—particularly in Convertibles—although it's arguably much better than in most other muscle cars and sports cars.
An impressive list of safety features and good crash-test ratings make the 2013 Mustang Convertible one of the safer soft-top picks.