2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang: Got Kids? Maybe You'll Want a Camaro Instead

November 17, 2011


A co-worker emailed me this morning. He said he was thinking of buying a new Mustang as his next car. But then he watched the IIHS' crash test video and changed his mind. Specifically, he was concerned about head protection of rear-seat occupants as he has a young daughter. The Mustang does not have rear airbags of any kind.

NHSTA and IIHS crash test videos follow after the jump for both the Mustang and Camaro. Specifically, you'll want to watch the slow-motion cameras for the rear passenger's head impacting the side of the car.

2012 Ford Mustang, IIHS side test

2010 Ford Mustang, NHTSA side test

2012 Chevrolet Camaro, NHTSA side test

Officially, the Mustang has a four-star side-impact NHTSA rating overall and an "Acceptable"side-impact IIHS rating. It's when you dig deeper do you find the worse ratings for the rear passenger's head protection. The Camaro has a five-star NHTSA side-impact rating.

So what do you think? Would this deter you at all from buying a Mustang if you had kids or were frequently taking along rear passengers?

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

Leave a Comment

Research Models


Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2011 Ford Mustang in VA is:

$152 per month*
* Explanation