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2016 Ford Mustang

Midsize car
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    A
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
M

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Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2016
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2015
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2014
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Ford Mustang was redesigned for the 2015 model year.

Structure

The driver space was not maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 17 cm at the footrest. Upper interior intrusion measured as much as 16 cm at the instrument panel and 14 cm at the upper hinge pillar.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s face remained in contact with the frontal airbag, but its head still rolled around the left side of the steering wheel toward the intruding A-pillar because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2016 Ford Mustang GT 2-door
Weight 3,706 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length188 in.
Width75 in.
Engine5.0 L V8
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1612
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)15
Footrest (cm)17
Left toepan (cm)12
Brake pedal (cm)15
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column5
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)14
Upper dash (cm)16
Lower instrument panel (cm)13

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1612
Head
HIC-15147
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)6
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm)25
Femur (kN)
Left2.8
Right1.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left4
Right2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.74
Right0.66
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left3.3
Right2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left102
Right67

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Ford Mustang was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side thorax airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2015 Ford Mustang GT 2-door
Weight 3,738 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length188 in.
Width75 in.
Engine5.0 L V8
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1411
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)5
Left (cm)10
Center (cm)16
Right (cm)8
Brake pedal (cm)13
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)0
Rearward (cm)0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1411
Head
HIC-15187
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)26
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm)31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.8
Femur force - right (kN)0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)2
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.58
Maximum tibia index - right0.40
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left44
Right88

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Ford Mustang was redesigned for the 2015 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2016 Ford Mustang GT 2-door
Weight 3,689 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length188 in.
Width75 in.
Engine5.0 L V8
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES1607
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-28.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES1607
Head HIC-15284
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)33
Lateral force (kN)1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.28
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.53
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.4
Acetabulum force (kN)0.7
Combined force (kN)2.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)100
A-P moment (Nm) -20

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES1607
Head HIC-15559
Neck
Tension (kN)0.4
Compression (kN)2.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)23
Lateral force (kN)1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)26
Average deflection (mm)19
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.79
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.38
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.4
Acetabulum force (kN)0.9
Combined force (kN)2.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)88
A-P moment (Nm) -42

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,696 lbs
Peak force16,384 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.43
Tested vehicle
2016 Ford Mustang GT 2-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seat

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm)21
Distance below top of head (mm)34
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.3
Head contact time (ms)57
Force rating1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)29
Max neck tension (N)687

Applies to 2015-16 models

System details

  • Optional Collision Warning

Package name

  • Optional Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
1 point total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2016 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

M
Vehicle trimGT
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

13


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)38
Clearance angle (degrees)100
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)4-6
Force (lbs)could not measure
Clearance angle (degrees)62
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Depth (cm)4-6
Force (lbs)could not measure
Clearance angle (degrees)71
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)34
Clearance angle (degrees)96
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes

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