Ford's Fusion and Fusion Hybrid have both received the highest five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The rating is a big upgrade for the Fusion, which was completely redesigned for 2013. The previous model fell one star short of the top rating, after scoring only three stars in the frontal crash test and four stars in the side crash test and rollover evaluations. The 2013 Fusion received four stars in side crash and rollover testing and a full five stars in the front crash test.

Test results for the 2013 Fusion and Fusion Hybrid were greatly improved at least in part due to Ford's Personal Safety System. The system utilizes smarter sensors to gather crash data and tailor the car's restraint systems to the occupants. Seatbelt usage and seat position are taken into account to ensure airbags deploy with less pressure for smaller drivers, more for larger drivers.

The 2013 Fusion twins also received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ designation. Read the official press release below.
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  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing
  • The Fusion and Fusion Hybrid feature the Personal Safety System™, new safety belt technologies and a total of eight airbags which are designed to provide enhanced protection for vehicle occupants including redesigned seat-mounted side airbags that deploy lower in the pelvis area in addition to the chest and incorporate new venting technology to further enhance side impact protection
  • In December 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2013 Ford Fusion a Top Safety Pick+, the highest recommendation the organization has for vehicle safety

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 23, 2013 – The 2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid received a top vehicle safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Fusion and Fusion Hybrid received a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, which combines vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests and resistance to rollover.

"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).

The new five-star safety award from NHTSA is in addition to the 2013 Fusion being named a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) last month. The Top Safety Pick + designation is the highest rating the organization has for vehicle safety.

The all-new Fusion features the Personal Safety System™ with new safety belt technologies and front impact airbags.

The Personal Safety System™ is a network of components that work together to tailor the deployment of the front airbags during frontal collisions. The restraint control module (RCM) translates information collected by the front crash sensors, front outboard safety belt buckle switches, driver-seat track position and passenger seat weight sensor. Using this information, the RCM activates the safety belt pretensioners and determines how the dual-stage front airbags will deploy. This tailored airbag deployment is based upon system inputs received about the size, seat track position and safety belt usage of the front seat occupants.

The redesigned seat-mounted side airbags deploy lower in the pelvis area and incorporate new venting technology. The side airbag's venting technology takes into account the size of the occupant, and varies the pressure so smaller occupants receive a lower pressure.

The tunnel vent is lined up with the shoulder area of the occupant. On larger passengers, the shoulder engages the vent and keeps it from venting so the gas stays inside the airbag. On smaller passengers, the effect is just the opposite: Because the occupant's shoulder is below the vent, the gas vents out of the airbag.

The driver's airbag uses a reconfigured curve-shaped tether system that pulls in the lower section to create a pocket that help to lessen the impact of the airbag on the driver's chest and ribs in frontal crashes. Deploying at the same time is a driver's knee airbag.

Top fuel economy, driver assist technology
The Fusion and Fusion Hybrid boast leading fuel economy and numerous technologies that help enhance the driving experience, reduce stress and assist the driver.

Fusion brings the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the midsize car segment. Consumers have the choice of a pair of EcoBoostfour-cylinder engines, a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine, an automatic start stop system to shut off the engine at stationary idle, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications, and a choice between automatic and manually shifted six-speed transmissions.

Maneuvering parking lots and traveling open roadways becomes less stressful with Fusion's available sensor-based BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert. The system uses radar to identify and alert the driver if a vehicle is detected in the vehicle's blind spot. Cross-traffic alert provides audible and visual alerts if traffic is detected approaching from the sides, such as when backing out of a parking space.

Available Active Park Assist makes parallel parking virtually stress-free. With the press of a button, the system detects an available parallel parking space and automatically steers the vehicle into the space. Drivers control only the gas and brake pedals and transmission gear position.

Other driver assist technologies available on the Fusion include:
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Rearview Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Electronic Parking Break


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      kalel1941
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can tell you for certain that the gap you see in the front of the car (hood), is due to someone not completely closing the hood after looking under it. I just picked up mine and it did the same thing if you do not close the hood properly. I have been driving Fords since 1985, along with Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Volvo and Infiniti. Not only is this the best Ford I have driven, but it holds it's own against all the competition.
      DeathKnoT
      • 1 Year Ago
      The top safety pick+ is hard to nail. That adds to overlap test which kills most current models. This is good for everyone in my book.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      So for every model sold how much money are they going to give to Aston Martin?
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        So for every Fusion thread, there are going to be how many Aston Martin references?
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        As much as Chrysler paid to Bentley for every 300 sold and Hyundai pays to BMW and Mercedes for every Genesis sold...
        Classic_Engr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        What an original comment. I never thought of that. /sarcasm
          bubba_roe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Classic_Engr
          Still more original than Fords design! BAZING!!!
      ebn.hahn
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am truely surprised Autoblog somehow didnt title this article with a "hating" title!!. when it comes to FORD They always seem to spin the negative out of the positive......
        Luke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ebn.hahn
        I think you're confusing AB with CR. I've found them to be fairly neutral...even positive sometimes...to Ford. Now CR, on the other hand.....
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Luke
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      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come on, show us the crashed pics. I'd like to know what a good looking Fusion looks like.
      ngiotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't get me wrong, I thing this car is attractive, but the pictures show the panel gaps around the hood to be quite large and lopsided. Was this a pre-release pic or are they actually like that?
        Mason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ngiotta
        I spent about 30mins looking at the new Fusions recently and yeah, I was quite disappointed in the panel gaps and the chrome trim around the doors was horribly misaligned, like over halfway not matching up. I think it's a nice looking car, so hopefully this quality will change once they start building them in Michigan.
      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      CR is currently crashing their models to find some way to find fault with the Fusion. Stay tuned for updates.
      flymaca711689
      • 1 Year Ago
      ja7smi they dont need your commie ass obama lovin mone y let me remind you and all commies they made planes tanks and the jeep before we had commies like you let me see what you like toyota the compeny that stole so much from gm that they lost there ass again f.............uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.
      caddy-v
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don\'t know what the fuss is. My daughter has a 2010 Fusion SEL with 39K and no issues, fit and finish is top rate, it\'s quiet for a 4 banger and all this praise coming from someone that doesn\'t like Ford\'s. The only issue I have with the car is it\'s too damn small inside.
      svanbraun
      • 1 Year Ago
      CRIMINALS, WHY YOU DISTURB MY MAIL BOX, WITH YOUR STUPID ADs
      ga7smi
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wouldn't buy one
      • 1 Year Ago
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