The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E may not thrill the pony-car purist, but it offers an abundance of benefits for the electric SUV shopper. The 2021 Mach-E gets a competitive 300 miles of range with its extended-range battery, a muscle-car-inspired exterior and up to 346 horsepower for surprisingly quick acceleration. Now the Mach-E has another accolade to add to its list: It was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the agency’s second highest award.
What Makes the Ford Mustang Mach-E a Top Safety Pick?
To earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick award, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E had to earn good scores in crash-test categories including driver- and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. The vehicle’s headlights were also scrutinized with a good or superior rating required to get the designation. The final criteria required to achieve the Top Safety Pick is a front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.
It’s worth noting that the Mach-E missed the highest IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating, but it was not due to failing crash tests. The reason it didn’t meet the Plus designation is because not all trims offer headlights rated as good or acceptable by the agency. Higher level trims like the Premium and GT come with good-rated headlights, but the LED reflectors installed on the Select and California Route 1 trims are rated marginal because they provide inadequate illumination on some curves.