Flexing Muscle: Sports Car Ratings Show Range of Performance

This article reports on the safety rating performance of so-called “muscle cars” – high performance sports cars including the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang. The author reports the crashworthiness evaluations of the 2016 models of these three vehicles, noting that the Mustang is the one that comes closest to earning a TOP SAFETY PICK rating. To earn this top rating, vehicles must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations and have a basic-rated front crash prevention system. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) does not usually include these high performance vehicles in its crash testing, but these three vehicles are big sellers in their class and consumers have inquired about how these cars perform in crash tests. The article also describes the newest addition to crashworthiness testing, the overlap front crash test. The article includes a 2-minute video that describes and shows crash tests on the same three vehicles. Readers are referred to a separate article on improved vehicle designs and an IIHS/HLDI (Highway Loss Data Institute) webpage on crash testing and crashworthiness.


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  • Accession Number: 01602569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2016 7:51PM