American Sports Cars Don't Earn Top Safety Picks.
2016 IIHS Challenger, Mustang and Camaro Crash Safety Tests
Recently the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted crash tests on 2016 american sports cars. The Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. Below we'll see how they fared in the crashes and the facts are a bit eye-opening.
President of IIHS says “When people think about sports cars performance safety ratings aren't the first things that come to mind.”
So lets cut to the chase with a quick overview of how the cars performed. While the three sports cars performed respectable during the test, none of them earn a IIHS Top Safety Pick or rating. The Mustang received an “Acceptable” score in the small overlap frontal impact test. The Camaro scored a “Good” ranking in that same test, but only scored “Acceptable” in the roof strength test. The Camaro also lacks an active front crash avoidance system. The Challenger earned a disappointing “Marginal” ranking in the overlap frontal impact test. Below is a breakdown of the testing categories and each of the cars results in the infographic below, courtesy of IIHS.
IIHS American Sports Car Crash Test Results
“Given that sports cars have high crash rates, it’s especially important that they offer the best occupant protection possible in a crash,” notes Lund. Of course, the best impact protection on earth is of limited value if you insist on using your smartphone behind the wheel, or if you drive like a jerk. For an eye-opening exhibition of the IIHS test procedures with a special focus on the small offset test, check out the video below that shows each of the crash tests.
2016 IIHS Camaro, Mustang and Challenger Crash Test Video