2013 Ford Fusion was named a Top Safety Pick by IIHS

Article by Christian A., on November 9, 2012

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.

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.

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.

With each new model created, Ford is committed to deliver the best – if not, one of the best – in terms of fuel efficiency; and the creation of the new Ford Fusion turns this commitment into reality. The car is expected to deliver the best-in-class fuel economy to customers across the world, ranging from a choice of gasoline, hybrid and plug-on sub-segments.

As far as the midsize car segment is concerned, the new Fusion offers the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains - from hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives, to a pair of EcoBoost four-cylinder engines and a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine. It has an automatic start stop system that shuts off the engine at stationary idle and offers a choice of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications. Also, it is offered in either an automatic or a manual shift six-speed transmission.

For the EcoBoost engines, the 1.6-liter variant delivers best-in-class four-cylinder non-hybrid fuel efficiency city driving of 26 mpg and 37 mpg on the highway. The so-called Fusion performance option includes the 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine paired with a paddle-shifted six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission, 19-inch wheels and tires and all-wheel drive (with its rear wheels capable of receiving additional torque).

Awarded as the 2010 North American Car of the Year, the Fusion Hybrid continues its quest to innovate and evolve with its brand-new lithium-ion batteries. With this, the Fusion Hybrid saves enough weight while generating more power compared to the nickel-metal hydride battery-powered ones. Maximum speed on all-electric power has been raised from 47 mph to 62 mph.

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