(WLNS) – A new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says muscle cars may be fast and fun but they do not offer the best crash protection.
The safety report comes at a time when cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro have become more popular than ever before.
For the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ran the 2016 Camaro, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Challenger through a series of crash tests.
When it came to side impact and moderate overlap frontal crashes, all three earned a ‘good’ rating.
Only the Mustang came closest to clinching the coveted ‘top safety pick’ award.
According to the report, the Camaro earned a low rating for roof strength, while the Challenger performed the worst.
The tests come at a time when the three muscle cars are becoming more popular with consumers.
Data from the Highway Loss Data Institute shows the powerful cars have high crash rates.
In a statement IIHS President Adrian Lund says because of that it’s, “especially important they offer the best occupant protection.”