The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently rounded up the 2016 Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro for a three-way crash test comparison. Due to the high amount of sportscars involved in accidents, it’s important for them to be as safe as possible, but the IIHS found that America’s three pony cars fell a bit short of the mark.
The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro scored the best, with both receiving the institute’s best-possible rating of ‘Good’ in the ‘Moderate Overlap Front’, ‘Head Restraints and Seats’ and ‘Side’ crash tests. The Mustang only received a rating of ‘Average’ in the ‘Small Front Overlap’ test, however, while the Camaro received an ‘Average’ rating in the ‘Roof Strength’ test.
The Challenger struggled the most, receiving the second-worst rating of ‘Marginal’ in the ‘Small Front Overlap’ test and a score of ‘Average’ in the ‘Roof Strength’ and ‘Head Restraints and Seats’ tests. The Challenger received points for its available Forward Collision Alert system (available on the Mustang as well, but not the Camaro), but it wasn’t enough to offset its lackluster Small Front Overlap score.
Review the three-way comparison test for yourself in the IIHS video above.