2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Earns 2nd-Highest Safety Rating

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, Automotive Editor - April 23, 2021

Ford’s Tesla and General Motors fighter, the Mustang Mach-E, has gone through the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) testing and come out with one of the organization’s awards. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E earned the Top Safety Pick award, missing out on the IIHS’ highest award because of its headlights.

In the IIHS’ testing, the Mach-E earned a rating of “Good” in all six crash tests and earned “Superior” ratings for both front crash prevention tests. When it came to the SUV’s standard LED reflector headlights, which are standard on the Select and California Route 1 trims, those were found to be “Marginal.” That put the nail in the coffin to be named a Top Safety Pick+, as the designation requires vehicles to come with “Acceptable” or “Good” rated headlights as standard. The Premium, GT, and First Edition trims come with different LED projector headlights, which earned a “Good” rating.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

While we would normally say that a Top Safety Pick award is a good score, it’s not for the Mach-E. The score puts Ford’s electric crossover behind the other electric vehicles that the IIHS has tested. The Tesla Model 3, Volvo XC40, Audi e-tron, and Audi e-tron Sportback all earned a Top Safety Pick+ award.

For Ford, upgrading the Mach-E to earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating would be fairly simple. All the automaker would have to do is fit the Select and California Route 1 trim with the same LED reflector headlights as higher trim levels. Top Safety Pick+ awards are coveted by automakers because they signify the safest vehicles on sale. So, we expect Ford to make the necessary changes soon to make the Mach-E more competitive with other EVs on the market.

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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