Safety ratings are an important piece of data for many in the car buying public. People want to know that the machine shuttling their loved ones around is up to task should anything unfortunate take place. Automakers like Volvo and Subaru have built their entire identities around this concept, with that reputation for safety helping to drive sales. Thanks to some new information from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, we now know that two of Ford’s newest vehicles are deserving of similar praise. Both the Ford Bronco Sport and the Mustang Mach-E have secured a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.
Ford Mustang Mach-E IIHS Score
Both the Ford Bronco Sport and Mustang Mach-E managed to take home the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick award by receiving the maximum good rating in all six of the Institute’s crashworthiness tests. These tests measure: driver and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. However, the headlights on the lower Mustang Mach-E trims were what kept it from receiving Top Safety Pick+ honors.
Ford Bronco Sport IIHS Score
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport did even better than its EV stablemate and received the Top Safety Pick+ award. In order to receive the highest honors, the vehicle must also include a front crash prevention system that provides advanced or superior ratings for both vehicle and pedestrian-related accidents. Good or acceptable ratings for headlights across all trim levels are also required for the Top Safety Pick+ award.
“As the Bronco of small SUVs, Bronco Sport was engineered to help our customers get out and adventure, both on- and off-road, and to do so safely,” said Ford chief product platform and operations officer Hau Thai-Tang. “This IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating validates that commitment.”
Ford has been honest about the fact that they tried to bring a serious enthusiast bent to both the Mustang Mach-E and the Bronco Sport models. Both models may wear names that fans were initially hesitant about, but the SUVs have been making a name for themselves as of late. Combine their performance capabilities with these IIHS Top Safety Pick awards, and you have a winning combination.