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Ford Mustang Mach-E and Explorer Designated Winners of IIHS Best Safety Picks

Ford Mustang Mach-E and Explorer Designated Winners of IIHS Best Safety Picks

Of the 13 midsize SUVs tested, Mustang Mach-E and Explorer were two of four utilities to receive the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) top-tier rating. IIHS is an industry safety agency charged with bringing consumers automotive safety information.

Top-Scoring Electric Midsized SUV

The Mustang Mach-E achieved good ratings in every safety category tested by IIHS, making it the top-scoring electric midsize SUV of all the electric vehicles tested through today. Meantime, Subaru has earned IIHS honors with one of its EVs. And, a new Subaru is slated to be a In a game-changer.

Consumer Reports has named Forester one of the best for the last decade.

When equipped with specific headlights, the Mustang Mach-E and the Ford Explorer are also recognized by IIHS as Top Safety Picks. There is one higher rating, a Top Safety Pick Plus.

“Safety and quality are two of our top priorities,” said Jim Baumbick, vice president of Ford Product Development and Quality. “Receiving this recognition from IIHS for Mustang Mach-E and Explorer has reaffirmed that we’re focused in the right places to help make our customers’ lives better.”

IIHS Used New Front Overlap Test

The new IIHS 2.0 moderate front overlap crash testing now includes measuring impact to rear-seat occupants and front passengers. The same good rating applies to all Mustang Mach-Es since it was introduced and the 2022-23 Ford Explorer.

Ford uses seat belts with a pretensioner and load-limiting technology in both the first and second rows to help achieve these latest test results.

Ford’s SUV sales so far in 2023 have made it America’s top-selling SUV brand, with Explorer earning the title as America’s best-selling three-row midsize SUV. Mustang Mach-E was the second best-selling electric SUV in 2022.