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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Nabs IIHS Top Safety Pick

CEN2102_max-crush_iihs 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | IIHS photo

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. 

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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.

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2021 Ford Mach-E Safety Features

Not only does IIHS take into account how the vehicle performs after a crash, but also how likely it is to prevent one in the first place. The 2021 Mach-E’s standard front crash prevention system helped it earn the Top Safety Pick. The system earns superior ratings in both the vehicle to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.  

The Ford Mach-E is packed with advanced driver-assist technology aimed at preventing accidents. The Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 safety suite is standard on all trims of the 2021 Mach-E and includes features such as blind spot detection with cross-traffic alert, lane keep  assist, precollision assist with automatic emergency braking, post-collision braking and reverse brake assist.

All Mach-E models also benefit from standard Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 that offers adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane centering, speed sign recognition with intersection assist and evasive steering assist. A split-view 360-degree camera and an active park assist system are standard on all but the base Mach-E Select trim, where they are optional. 

Are Electric Vehicles Safer? 

Electric vehicles are quickly proving themselves to not only be more efficient than their gas-powered counterparts but also better-performing thanks to instant torque outputs. As EV adoption grows, the question of whether battery-powered vehicles are as safe or safer than conventional vehicles arises. IIHS sheds some light on this issue as more electric vehicles are tested, and the results are encouraging. 

Based on a study conducted by the organization, rates of injury claims related to the drivers and passengers of electric vehicles were more than 40% lower than for identical conventional models during 2011 to 2019. The added weight of EVs helps explain this phenomenon since heavier vehicles expose occupants to less force in the event of a multivehicle crash. The Mustang Mach-E’s curb-weight range of 4,394 to 4,920 pounds is substantially higher than many gas-powered mid-size SUVs, which may help protect drivers and passengers involved in a crash. 

“It’s fantastic to see more proof that these vehicles are as safe as or safer than gasoline- and diesel-powered cars,” IIHS President David Harkey said in a statement. “We can now say with confidence that making the U.S. fleet more environmentally friendly doesn’t require any compromises in terms of safety.” 

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