The 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan just received the Top Safety Pick Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The criteria for earning the designation include receiving “Good” ratings in offset frontal impact, side impact, side impact dynamic head restraint and roof strength testing.
Passing the IIHS’s roof strength test requires that the roof withstand a force that is equal to four times its weight before it caves in five inches. The 2013 Fusion, according to the IIHS, can withstand 5.14 times its own weight.
2013 Fusion safety technology
Ford says the redesigned Fusion’s features safety benefits from its Personal Safety System, new seatbelt technologies, eight standard airbags, and redesigned seat-mounted side airbags that deploy lower in the pelvis area and chest, taking into account the size of the occupant.
The 2013 Fusion also offers numerous driver-assist technologies, including:
- Blind-Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert
- Active park assist, for easier parallel parking
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Lane Keeping Aid
- Driver Monitoring
- Adaptive cruise control
- Rearview camera
- Front/rear park aids
- Hill start assist
- Electronic parking brake
The previous generation Fusion was also a Top Safety Pick award winner.
As for the competition in the mid-size family cars category, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu has already been designated a Top Safety Pick, while the 2013 Nissan Altima and 2013 Honda Accord have yet to be rated by the IIHS.
This story originally appeared at The Car Connection