The 2013 Ford Fusion was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, giving it a very appealing combination of being stylish as well as safe. Ford has eight other models selected by the IIHS as Top Safety Picks. These are all of Ford’s sedans and hatchbacks: Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus; and crossovers: Escape, Edge, Explorer, and Flex; and the crew-cab F-150 pickup.
The Fusion was chosen as a Top Safety Pick because it earned a “good” rating in the moderate overlap frontal, side, rollover and rear impact crash tests. The 2013 Fusion is not the only model in the midsize segment to be a Top Safety Pick. The same rating was earned by its rivals: Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat, and Chevrolet Malibu.
The IIHS has yet to test and rate the new 2013 Honda Accord but the 2012 Accord was previously named a Top Safety Pick. The 2013 Fusion features dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, dual front knee airbags, and side curtain airbags, as well as stability control and a tire pressure monitoring system. Its safety technology features include a blind spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The 2013 Ford Fusion is priced from $22,495 (which includes destination costs). “The new Fusion is another example of Ford’s commitment to the highest standards of safety and we are proud that IIHS has recognized these efforts,” said Steve Kenner, global director of the Automotive Safety Office.