The 2013 Ford Fusion has just earned an IIHS “Top Safety Pick.” This is a big deal, and a tangible selling point in the fiercely competitive midsize sedan automotive segment. It’s a badge of honor from an outside, independent source saying, “This car is safe in a number of important tests.”
To earn a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must receive a rating of “Good” in the following evaluations: offset frontal impact, side impact, dynamic head restraint and roof strength testing. And for the record, “Good” is IIHS’ top rating.
Still, what does that mean to the average consumer?
According to the IIHS, dummy movement inside the 2013 Ford Fusion was “well controlled.” After the airbags deployed, “the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, [and] it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.” Further, IIHS notes “measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.” So, it’s a cocoon of sorts, and a pillow of protection in the event of an unfortunate emergency.
“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.
Among the Fusion’s safety features are intelligent airbags (8 of them), lane keeping assist and aid, driver monitoring, adaptive cruise control, hill park assist, a rearview camera, and more. Of course, these features are found on many of the cars in the midsize segment, and the IIHS Top Safety Pick is not an exclusive award. Still, it’s an impressive feat, and one that every automaker should strive in all of its vehicles.