After being honored with a five-star overall safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Ford Fusion has now become the first car in America to earn both that recognition and the new Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). And for an added bonus, NHTSA also included the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid on its five-star honor roll.
As folks may recall, the NHTSA commendation requires top performance in the government’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), which puts vehicles through their paces to gauge occupant protection in front- and side-impact crashes, and also analyzes the vehicles’ resistance to rollover scenarios. (The IIHS testing regimen includes evaluations for front- and side-impacts, as well as for rollover resistance and two front-impact situations: One with vehicles striking a barrier with a small frontal offset, and another with a large offset to mimic a situation in which drivers may strike a pole or tree at one side of the front end.)
“The Fusion and Fusion Hybrid exemplify the new face of Ford vehicles and demonstrate Ford’s commitment to safety in all its vehicles across the globe,” said Steve Kenner, Global Director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office (ASO).
But what is it that makes the 2013 Ford Fusion so gosh-darn safe? Let’s find out …