To go along with our recent posts that help dispel myths of driving a pony car (Driven: 2010 Mustang V-6, and Mustang: Everyday Car?) , results distributed by Ford today document how well the 2010 Ford Mustang crashes into things.
According to new federal front and side-impact barrier tests, the 2010 Mustang scored the highest rating possible, 5 stars, on the four barrier tests (one result each for the driver and front passenger). The Mustang also scored a 5 star rating for resisting rolling over, but given its low-to-the-ground configuration,this should come as no surprise.
The new Mustang uses high strength steel in its body structure and uses ultra high strength steel in the door intrusion beams for additional side impact protection. The Mustang’s considerable body stiffness contributes to the coupe and convertible’s driving performance and has a parallel benefit in accident protection. While the coupe’s body structure is approximately 31 percent stiffer than the previous Mustang platform, the convertible’s is more than twice as stiff – creating a structure that helps protect the cabin from deformation and intrusion during an impact.
We're waiting to see how the 2010 Mustang performs in the IIHS crash tests, and when those results arrive, we'll factor the scores into our overall review on the new Mustang that you can check out here.
So the next time somebody tells you that driving a pony car such as the new Mustang isn't safe, you can set them straight.