Improved 2017 Ford Fusion Earns Top Safety Pick+ Status from IIHS

The Fusion's front crash prevention rating improved from basic to superior with the addition of autobrake

Improved 2017 Ford Fusion Earns Top Safety Pick+ Status from IIHS
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June 15, 2016

A modified front-end structure and a new optional automatic braking system helped the 2017 Ford Fusion qualify for a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The beefed-up front end improved the 2017 Fusion's performance in the small overlap front test from acceptable to good. Before the changes, the Fusion had maximum intrusion of 6 inches in the small overlap front test, and the crash test dummy's head barely contacted the front airbag before sliding off. In contrast, maximum intrusion in the 2017 model during the test was less than 2 inches, and the vehicle's airbags and safety belt worked well together to control the dummy's movement during impact.

Like earlier models of the Ford Fusion, the 2017 model earned good ratings in the Institute's four other crashworthiness tests — moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints.

The 2017 Fusion's front crash prevention rating improved from basic to superior with the addition of autobrake. In IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, the Fusion avoided collisions. The optional safety system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) criteria.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, the Institute's highest award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests and must also have an available front crash prevention system that earns either an advanced or superior rating.

See the 2017 Ford Fusion's full IIHS crash test results—including images and videos—at IIHS.org.