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Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, Chevy Camaro fail IIHS’ ultimate test

The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just published the results of collision tests performed on three muscle cars including the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger. While they impress on the road, these sporty models were not good enough to earn a “Top Safety Pick” award. 

The Mustang came closest, achieving a “Good” rating in four of the five tests. It was deemed “Acceptable” in the newest and toughest IIHS crashworthiness evaluation, the small overlap front test. Only the Camaro managed a “Good” rating here, while the Challenger’s performance was “Marginal.”

Ford and Dodge both offer optional forward collision warning systems on the Mustang and Challenger, respectively, and these coupes earned a basic rating for front crash prevention. The Camaro lacks such a system.

The results for each of the three models are available on the IIHS website.