The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crushed, mangled and smashed the 2013 Ford Fusion and gives it a coveted Top Safety Pick designation. That's the second Fusion generation in a row given the title.

IIHS said measures taken from its dummies in the driver and rear seat passenger positions "indicate low risk of any significant injuries" in the moderate overlap and side impact tests. The car's side airbags deployed front and back during both tests and dummy movement was "well controlled."

The Institute also gave the Fusion the top rating of Good in rollover and rear crash tests. The photo above shows the Fusion about to undergo IIHS's rollover evaluation in which a metal plate is pressed against one corner of the roof at a constant speed. "The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle's weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio," according to the IIHS website.

The Fusion withstood 17,527 pounds before the roof crushed to the test's limit. That gave it a strength-to-weight ratio of 5.14. That compares well to the 2012 Honda Accord's 4.99, 2013 Subaru Legacy's 4.95 and previous-gen Fusion's at 4.78. The best ratio was claimed by the 2013 VW Passat at 6.32 and the worst by the 2010 Hyundai Sonata at 3.12 for which it got a marginal rating. You can see more IIHS roof strength evaluations here.


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      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      November is crucial. If Fusion sales continue to have double digits decline by the end of the month, then it would be all over for Fusion.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        you sincerely are an idiot....the numbers are based on severely limited supply.....
          Yang Xi Gua
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Then why did Accord have over 25% sales increase?
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          how about THIS Gua, the 25% increase may also have had to do with limited supply due to a certain Tsunami and supply cutbacks....so refrain from getting carried away and learn to read.
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          swear, I should stop reading Guas remarks, my IQ plummets and its low enough to begin with...
          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          How does limited supply of Fusion have impact on Accord?
          timbrands
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Not just limited supply, retooling has taken longer. So inventory is slimmer than intended I believe. I expect a VERY quick rebound + in sales.
        rmkensington
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        I dont know how much Honda is paying you, but you have been bashing the Fusion in every single thread on AB. Just shut up already.
        razorpit
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Although its not easy to do with the crap going on in today's world, I try to stay positive. However, looking over your posts I have to ask, is Yang Xi Gua Chinese for Village Idiot?
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      What Hyundai is a pile of junk? Say it ain't so!! Their designs are so cool and modern, surely this means they're well built too.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        Haha, Korean...you get what you pay for.
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        That Sonata was the Old generation. The current generation scored higher than the Camry, Volvo C30 and C40, Audi A3, Mazda6, Altima. It's true, check that report. Relief for current owners.
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kahz
          now dont go ruining the racists day by spreading the truth around!
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Fusion does best in roof, the the Hyundai Sonata did the worst. It's just one piece of bad news for Hyundai every day. They lied about MPG, possibly HP, and now "marginal" crash test results.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
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      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's cute. But how often does a car get crushed like that? Are we preparing for a Godzilla invasion or what?
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        How about during a roll-over? Notice that it's also not on its wheels, so it isn't intended to be testing for a shiney-side-up condition. Roof and pillar impact is a key component of roll over performance. Having been in a vehicle roll myownself, its not a fun situation.
      Phil B
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why doesn't the IIHS release pictures of the vehicles post-crushing? They always release the same shot of the car ABOUT to undergo testing, and this in contrast to how they generally release photos and videos of their other tests. ME WANNA SEE CARNAGE!!
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a bizzare toy ... a hydraulic ram to smash the roof of a new car ... with stairs that lead to the top! Is that so you can watch this do its stuff and crush the top of a car like a soda can? Who comes up with stuff like this? And who gets paid to build it? Is America a great country, or what?
        Ivan Ivanovich Renko
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ThinkAboutIt
        I work for a company that builds equipment kind of like this. Chances are the stairs are just to get up there to do maintenance on the hydraulics used to apply pressure. Very pragmatic stuff.
          razorpit
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ivan Ivanovich Renko
          Ivan as I read this I have no idea how you received a down vote for your comment. I apologize for the stupidity of the Internet...
          ThinkAboutIt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ivan Ivanovich Renko
          I'm sure that's true, but I'm not quite ready to give up the Big Kid fantasy of watching new cars being crushed beneath my feet. It's that sublimated vandal kinda thing ... wreck stuff and actually get paid for it!
      Worx2749
      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as the quality build is there, I think Ford has a real winner with this Fusion Hybrid. It's far better-looking than the Prius, and is nearly as economical.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I see one of those pictures with the hydraulic ram about to crush a roof, I want to say, "MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
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