Ford Contour1995-2000 models
results also apply to: 1995-2000 Mercury Mystique
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Ford Contour and the Mercury Mystique were introduced in the 1995 model year.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, and its head hit the B-pillar and roof rail.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower legs would be likely. Head acceleration from the B-pillar/roof rail hit was low.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- Despite excessive intrusion into the footwell area, the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.
- Footwell intrusion produced a gash almost 14 inches long in the metal floor. The dummy's right foot finished wedged in a pocket created by the intrusion.
- High forces on both legs contributed to the likelihood of lower leg injuries.
- Antilock brakes (optional)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1995 Ford Contour GL 4-door
- Class: Midsize moderately priced car
- Weight: 2,851 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 107 in.
- Length: 184 in.
- Width: 69 in.
- Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder
- EPA ratings: 24 mpg city | 32 mpg highway