• May 21, 2009

Click above to watch crash test videos after the jump

The 2010 Ford Mustang is quicker and more refined than the model it replaces, and it has also been upgraded in ways you can't see or feel – unless you're in an accident. The new 'Stang has received a five-star rating for front and side collisions by National Highway Traffic Safety Association, as well as five-stars for roll-over performance. The Blue Oval says that these top scores adds to the company's industry leading amount of five-star rated vehicles.

Ford achieved the top U.S. government top safety scores in part because of the new Mustang's stiffer chassis. The 2010 model's body structure is 31% stiffer than the 2009 model, and Ford engineers augmented the more rigid platform with improved high strength sheetmetal to protect occupants in a side impact.

Hit the jump to check out the Ford press release and watch two videos of the 2010 Ford Mustang being crash tested.









PRESS RELEASE:

* The 2010 Ford Mustang coupe has earned the U.S. government's top 5-star safety ratings, which includes
5-stars for driver and passenger in front and side crash tests, as well as for rollover performance
* Ford has more U.S. government 5-star ratings than any other automotive brand
* Mustang remains the number one selling sports car by a wide margin, with nearly a 40 percent share of the
segment in April; May sales ahead of projections


CONTEXT / BACKGROUND:
The 2010 Ford Mustang coupe has earned the U.S. government's top 5-star crash-test rating, adding to widespread acclaim for the new car's unmistakable design and upgraded performance that builds on the formula that's made it America's favorite pony car for 45 years. Ford has more U.S. government 5-star-rated vehicles than any other brand and more Top Safety Pick ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety than any other automaker.

DETAILS:
The new Mustang uses high strength steel in its body structure and uses ultra high strength steel in the door intrusion beams for additional side impact protection.

The Mustang's considerable body stiffness contributes to the coupe and convertible's driving performance and has a parallel benefit in accident protection. While the coupe's body structure is approximately 31 percent stiffer than the previous Mustang platform, the convertible's is more than twice as stiff – creating a structure that helps protect the cabin from deformation and intrusion during an impact.

The front structure's crush zones are computer-designed to absorb energy in a controlled manner and help dissipate it before it can reach the passenger compartment. Ford engineers have run thousands of design iterations of the Mustang's front rails to arrive at an octagonal shape that helps spread crash forces evenly to help protect occupants.

State-of-the-art technology adds to the convenience and safety of the 2010 Mustang, from the availability of the latest version of Ford SYNC®, with new features 911 Assist™ and Vehicle Health Report, to standard AdvanceTrac® Electronic Stability Control, which complements the all-speed traction control and standard anti-lock braking system (ABS).

Additional standard safety equipment includes Beltminder® and the Personal Safety System™ – a system that includes dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags, safety belt pretensioners and Beltminder.

Sales Leader
Mustang remains the number one selling sports car by a wide margin, with the new 2010 model driving showroom traffic. In April, Mustang had nearly a 40 percent share of the retail sports car segment.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Of course it got 5 stars. What cars DON'T get 5 star ratings from the NHTSA nowadays? This does not merit an article on autoblog.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm kind of in agreement. It's pretty hard to find something on sale now which doesn't do well in these tests. I'm excluding things which are old designs- I'm looking at you, Ranger...

        I mean, the IIHS is scrambling to find things to complain about (like their 80 mpg offset "test") now that cars are pretty solid across the board.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well last year the mustang was the first sports car to ever get a 5-star crash safety rating in all categories, so I guess they're just saying they made the safest sports car even safer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ""98% of cars... get a 4-star or 5-star rating." That was NOT yr original comment. Which I still maintain was moronic. If u have a problem with new cars (and apparently especially Fords) being safer, I'll be happy to find u a GEO Metro."

        you have a keyboard and no 160-character limit. can you quit with the txt-speak?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Autoblog has been doing nothing lately but advertising Fords, though, so this "press release" isn't surprising."

        It is hardly autoblog's fault that all the press coming out of GM lately is bad news, except they got a CGI cartoon camaro robot thing in a movie; and most of the press coming out of Ford lately is good news.

        Perhaps Ford should run its company into the dirt to make things better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Used to be a massive Chevrolet fan, but not anymore. I still love the motors they make, some of the best V-8s in the world even with 'archaic' pushrods, but man I'm loving me some Ford lately. They seem to be making all the right moves lately, and the Mustang is getting better and better every year. I'd love to have a Mustang, but I'm going for a Jetta TDI. There Chevy/GM, you've lost a faithful customer. I'm going foreign and I'm loving you direct competition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey...it looks better too!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Better buy that one with the coyote motor quick once it comes out. It isn't going to make it past 2014. The Mustang, Camaro, and Corvette are dead in the water with the new CAFE bill. Couple it with the climate bill and those three have become weekend drivers only.

      Unless they somehow make a hybrid Mustang that gets 42mpg. Maybe a turbodiesel Corvette.

      Once the FACE standards and th eclimate bill are passed you will be taxed for every mile under 42mpg that your car gets. That is coming. Obama and the democrats have killed all performance cars. In fact they have killed almost every car on the road.

      It won't matter if your car gets five stars in every category, you won't be able to drive it. If the real tests of the microcars are any indication we will be taking a quantum leap backwards in automobile safety over the next few years as manufacturers struggle to hit the insane requirments. Not every car can be a Golf TDi or Prius.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Small cars only score worse in small-to-heavy-car collisions. Collisions with an immobile object are what the safety-tests test, and an equal score there is directly applicable to real-world collisions with, say, a tree.

        If every car was a small-and-safe hatch (as most hatches in Europe are at the moment), it'd be the same as everyone driving a big-and-safe fullsize sedan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not quite. Commercial vehicles won't become halfsized just because the passenger fleet does. Neither will quadripeds in the road. Or motorcycles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Metar
        America is not Europe
        I hate how we have come to compare ourselves with them. A large % of the country still lives in rural areas (im from Ohio, trust me it gets rural). Just look at how large truck sales still are in this country from year to year. The problem with these laws are there made by people who live in cities. Maybe some who have never touched a worm, and call themselves eco-friendly.

        Drive from cost to cost and you get a greater understanding what this country is. Many of us (even those who work in the city) commute to get to work everyday. And frankly when i spend 30 minutes in a car just to get to work, i wanna make sure im in something very comfortable
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it had IRS, it would have earned 6 stars. POS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        sarcasm detected ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mr. Oak,

        it's not even that. I'd be willing to bet that most of the people who bitch about the live axle never even drive their own cars hard enough where the rear suspension even matters. i.e. nothing but fanboi posturing.

        It's like a couple of middle-school kids arguing about whether Ferraris are better than Lamborghinis... pointless and ignorant.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You probably the kind of person that thinks the Corvette is a POS for having leaf springs....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you Yaroukh, I thought it was a lame enough statement that the sarcasm would have been obvious.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Other Bob: Exactly what are your perceived advantagesdisadvantages of IRS over live axle?"

        I have a similar view of them as you do.

        I recognize that the a live axle is great for its intended purpose and offers great performance and more durability for a great price.

        My comment was meant to be completly sarcastic and propses a safety standard (6 stars) that doesn't exist.

        Too many people write off this car for performance disdvantages that they will not likely notice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Other Bob: Exactly what are your perceived advantagesdisadvantages of IRS over live axle?

        Most folks that rant about the livesolid think that it is about handling/cornering. Well that's not the whole truth. The whole truth: Mustang factory racers have proven, that Ford has been making live axle cars long enough, that they have become quite good at it. the Mustang FRs have been known to stomp quite a few BMWs, Porsches, Mazdas etc. all equipped with much more "sophisticated" suspensions. Sorta like the rather unsophisticated 16 valve pushrod motors in the CTS-V and 'Vettes embarrassing BMWs much more sophisticated 40 valve V-10.

        Back to live axles, they in no way hinder a car from turning left and right. Where they fall down, is on less than perfect road surfaces. In independent suspensions, each wheel independently soaks up anomalies in the road surface. In live axles, the ruts and bumps are transmitted through the axle to the other side. It can make for a very unpleasant ride. On a predictable surface however, no real difference.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just test drove the 2010 Mustang GT 5-speed Manual. Just now, like 30 minutes ago.

      It was hilariously fun. Fun in the way that you can easily push the car beyond its tolerances and end up in a ditch. Fun in the way that the LSD, RWD happily spins on the launch and chirps through the gears.

      It's an American Muscle Car through and through. Powerful, loud, crude and sloppy. Over-designed in appearance, and under-designed for refinement.

      In short... yuck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You must suck at the driving if you spun the car out in a ditch on a test drive. Ive been drving stock and heavily modified mustangs for almost 15 years and I have never spun on into a ditch. Spun them out sure, but never into a ditch and never on a test drive. Why would you push so hard on a test drive?

        Mustangs keep getting better and better as a REAL drivers car. Raw, unaided by ecus and traction control that keep lesser drivers in control. I for one am gald the Mustang stays true to its roots and makes a raw drivers car that is capable of many many cheap and capable upgrades. That is part of the appeal. if it doesnt appeal to you, thats fine. But the reality is you can no longer upgrade a BMW M3 on the cheap anymore. You cant upgrade a Porsche on the cheap. I can find 50HP in a Mustang for 1000 bucks. Less if you have some do it yourself know how. These days with a GT500 you have no need to even do engine upgrades save for a great sounding exhaust and maybe a cpu reflash for optimal A/F ratios. But the 20G+ I save on an M3 you can damn well bet I can make it faster around a track than that BMW. I wish BMW was more concerned with making a great driving car and not a fast lux street daily driver. I believe the new M3 has iDrive in it. Really? From the comapny that brought the awsome S15/E30 M3?

        The worst drive I ever had was in 2003 where a guy had never been on track with his Porsche and the trac control light kept blinking at him and the ecu kept him on track. Another porsche owner saw him on track and offered the keys to his vintage 79 911. Was in the dirt not 3 corners in with no trac control to keep him on the track.

        Traction controls have made it easier for bad drivers to faster and blur the line between an average driver who can drive quickly on a track and a bad driver who cant. I love raw foot to axle no cpu interference. LSD is all you need. Just my opinion
        • 5 Years Ago
        >> Harleys and an Escalde. Im not syaing this to brag.
        >> The snobby Euro-trash driver who thinks everything
        >> should be like BMW just with a different body style.

        Euro-trash comments from the driver of a Cadillac Escalade.

        Wow. I mean... wow. Good luck with that self image.
        • 5 Years Ago
        >> The biggest problem... is that they want to make the Mustang
        >> something that it isn't. They have "outgrown" it, so they think it
        >> should become a BMW 3-series, or something. If it did that, it
        >> would no longer be a Mustang

        Good observation, Gloria. I'm not 19 anymore, and I'll probably never be happy with the kind of cars I drove when I was young. I should stop trying to recapture whatever that was, and buy another sport sedan. (sigh)
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Fun in the way that you can easily push the car beyond its tolerances and end up in a ditch."

        Which is true for 100% of all cars, but it usually the driver that runs out of skill long before the car reaches it's maximum capabilities.

        Most people run out of guts or brains long before they run outta car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then I guess you won't be buying one.

        The long and short of it is.............. you are either a Mustang person, or you are not. If you are, you get it............... if you are not, you don't get it at all.

        There was a post, by Jared, that talked about the Mustang being a sports car. He doesn't get it. The Mustang is not a sports car................ just like the Camaro is not a sports car................. and the Challenger is not a sports car. The Corvette is a sports car, as is the Miata. If you don't get it, you shouldn't be posting on the subject.

        The Mustang can be catagorized a few ways. You can see them referred to as a sporty coupe, a Pony Car, or a Muscle Car. The reality is Pony Car. They are what they always have been. A Pony Car, is a relatively affordable, good performing, extremely fun to drive, coupe. Adding IRS, will not make it a sports car (just as the extremely porky Camaro and Challenger are not sports cars). It does make it more expensive, heavier, and more complicated. Much more than .1% of Mustang owners, take their cars to the track (of various kinds, as the Mustang is good at the drags, SCCA, and drifting). There is more than one publication that pretty much concentrates only on drag racing Mustangs. They wouldn't be in existance if only 100-1500 people did it.

        The biggest problem that I have, with the haters/whiners, is that they want to make the Mustang something that it isn't. They have "outgrown" it, so they think it should become a BMW 3-series, or something. If it did that................. it would no longer be a Mustang.

        Before you hate on it................. drive one. The average driver wouldn't even have a clue that it has a solid axle.

        Finally, Ford knows the Mustang market better than you do. They have been doing it for 45 years, and have been successful at it, for 45 years. Thats all that matters.
        • 5 Years Ago
        >> You must suck at the driving if you spun the car out in a ditch
        >> on a test drive.

        Dave, you're right about Traction Control, Stability Assistance, etc. taking all the fun out of pushing a car to the edge. However, to open comments with "you must suck at driving" -- that's just silly and immature.

        And there we have the demographic. Nicely done, Dave.
      Shaun
      • 5 Years Ago
      Definitely impressive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In this day and age, who the hell can afford it?! I would LOVE to own one, I own 2 vintage ones already, I'm a Mustang fanatic, but I can't afford it with this economy. My husband is facing a possible layoff in a couple weeks. And they all wonder why they're all in the red. Maybe if they lowered the prices a little, sales might go up. I know lowering means less quality. Lets face it though, Ford puts out some ugly cars, the Mustang is the only nice looking one worth purchasing, if you could afford it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford mustang crash test report on autoblog? YAWN.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Its pretty normal to talk about Ford. Just like Obama he came out on top. The media likes him, just like they like Ford and this is why they are on top. This is why they are constantly getting attention from the media. Go Ford.....I am glad USA is going in the right direction. Good things to come in the future, from the President and Ford I hope.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford is gettting media attention? Yea they are all over the major networks and CNBC these days... Actually its more about GM and Chrystler and bankrupcy than Ford. And I watch CNBC all day long.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford restructured a few years back. That is a major reason why they will survive the Big 3 Bankruptcy disaster. Not because the media loves them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mad props to Ford. They haven't been on a hot streak like this since the mid-1980's when they had 5 of the top ten best selling cars. The Mustang has once again proved it's king of the pony cars. All else are latecomers, newcomers, pretenders and flash-in-the-pans. Not that the Mustang is any better, but it's maker knows its buyers WANTS better than the other guys.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've come to the point that I despise reading article comments about certain vehicles, namely Mustang, Camaro, Corvette, Evo, etc. Too many fanboys out there on both sides are ready to break out the vitriol for their nemeses or raise the banner for their favorites. Apparently all of the level-headed readers out there just hold their tongues.

      Note: blind allegiance to a brand makes you look remarkably dim-witted. Likewise, blind hatred of your favorite brand's primary market opponent makes you appear a gullible fool.

      Vehicles should be praised for their positive qualities and criticized for their faults, regardless of the label affixed to the decklid. However, anyone with a bowtie, blue oval, roundel, etc. tatooed on their ass should be completely ignored.
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