The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid its top safety rating of five stars overall. The testing included front, side, and rollover evaluations. The restyled Fusion represents Ford’s midsize sedan offering and competes against the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Mazda6, among others.
Referring to the new safety ratings, Steve Kenner, global director of Ford’s automotive safety office, said “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.” The Fusion and its hybrid variant were also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) last month.
The 2013 Fusion and Fusion Hybrid employ new seatbelt technology that can better secure occupants if the vehicle anticipates a crash is imminent. The family sedans also feature a total of eight airbags—including ones that deploy based on an occupant’s weight—applying less pressure for occupants that weigh less. The 2013 Ford Fusion starts at about $21,700, but can eclipse the $30,000 mark in the highest Titanium trim. Three engine options are available, including the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder, rated at 22 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway.