• Nov 14th 2012 at 12:00PM
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Safety is at the top of nearly every car shopper's list, with fuel economy often coming in second. We all know that a hybrid offers the latter, but would you believe that, from real-world data, a hybrid sedan takes the cake for being the safest as well?

Simply put, that extra mass is protective--it helps to protect the occupants from injury.

The IIHS recently finished a study which looked at real-world crash data, including insurance claims and accident reports, to find which models have a history of being safest. The top result came from the 2010-2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid, a car best known for achieving over 40 miles per gallon in city driving conditions. Now it can add another accolade to the list. The Fusion Hybrid scored 25% better than the average for personal injuries amongst all vehicles.

The fact that hybrid drivers typically drive more efficiently could be the answer to the Fusion's safe record, but Matt Moore, Vice President of the Highway Loss Data Institute, offered another explanation to car shopping site Autotrader

"The Fusion Hybrid is several hundred pounds heavier than the non-hybrid Fusion. It is one of the heaviest vehicles in the mid-size four-door class. Simply put, that extra mass is protective--it helps to protect the occupants from injury," said Mr. Moore.

In any event, grabbing the top two key purchasing factors (safety and fuel economy) can only help the hybrid movement for Ford and others alike.

[Source: Autotrader]

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      If I was suckin the hind one I'd make my Lemon the best in every class just to sell it....
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      just as Ruth replied I'm amazed that someone able to make $4221 in one month on the computer. have you read this link http://www.Cloud65.com
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      Paid cash for 2 Ford Escape Hybrids, but now they do not make the Escape as a Hybrid. The 2013 gets less mileage in the city and urban driving. A Ford dealer said the 2013 Escape engine good on the highway. I like most people live in a urban area and the traffic crawls along most of the time and you get off ramps in the suburbs and crawl along there. Also do not like the rounding down of the tail gate area. The C-Max compact SUV gets 47mph City and highway, but still has that look alike of all SUVs. Gord
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      The cars today maybe safer in an accident but they cause more accidents too. I have so many blind spots in the two vehicles I drive. The car has 6 blind spot the Jeep 8. Every car has them, they are the "A, B and C" pillars in the car and you can add the "D" in the Jeep. At the correct position in traffic you can actually lose another vehicle and pull out in front of it. By the way these "Hybrids also have a lot more momentum when they hit something with the exrta battery weight they carry.
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      F*** Hybrids!
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      Ok if the study was for Hybrids ,why is the only one mentioned the Ford? What were the results for other makes and models? Sounds more like a for Fucion ad that an article on hybrds.
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      Keep your little cars ifi want to clime in and hit the gas i want to hear it roar not hum, and take off when i hit it! but then you can with a older car still get 20 miles to the gallion and have real steel around you and fun in your heart! And thats as good as the so called 25 or 30 miles cars get today!
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