2021 Ford Mustang  RealSafeCars75Safety Rating

#47 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#119 of all 2021 vehicles

Pictured: 2018 Ford Mustang
The Mustang, a mainstay of Ford's lineup for decades, is a large sedan/hatchback with seating up to 4. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. The Ford Mustang has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Ford offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2021 Ford Mustang is below average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Ford Mustang has a score of 75, implying a 0.048% chance of driver death (4.3% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Ford Mustang has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0479% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.4719%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0479% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.4719% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Ford Mustang is 3% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 Ford Mustang is 5% less likely to result in a fatal accident.


Active safety features with Ford's Co-Pilot360 greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. Active safety systems that are standard on the Ford Mustang include: Lane Keeping System and BLIS Blind Spot Detection with Cross-Traffic Alert.

Another safety feature seems simpler but should still be considered. Optional side mirror turn signals can help when you don't see a vehicle in your blind spot, by alerting them to your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other driver to avoid an accident with you.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

8570Hyundai TucsonVolkswagen PassatSubaru CrosstrekFord MustangSubaru LegacyChrysler 300Dodge ChargerDodge ChallengerKia StingerChevrolet CamaroAcura ILXMazda 6Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Ford Mustang with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 70 to 85. The 2021 Ford Mustang is less safe than the 2021 Subaru Legacy, the 2021 Mazda 6, the 2021 Acura ILX, the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro, the 2021 Kia Stinger, the 2021 Dodge Challenger, the 2021 Dodge Charger, and the 2021 Chrysler 300. It is about as safe as the 2021 Volkswagen Passat and the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek.

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