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Even though it's past middle age, the Ford Fusion still is setting sales records and winning more converts to the brand. Why's that? It's simply the first mid-size Ford sedan in generations to hit all the right family-friendly marks, from stellar safety and a strong record for reliability, to smart packaging and marketing, pert handling, and the added bonus of a Hybrid model that tops the EPA's highway fuel economy ratings.
For all those reasons, we're giving the Fusion a score of 8 here at FamilyCarGuide--a higher score than some crossover vehicles, and equal to some minivans. The Fusion's reputation simply has just gotten better over its lifetime, and it's still one of the more entertaining family sedans to drive--a freebie any family should be happy to take along with the basics and fundamentals.
Inside, the Fusion's cabin sits at the more compact end of the class, opposite the big Accord, Sonata and the 2012 VW Passat. Call it right-sized if you want--the Fusion doesn't leave a lot of unused space once you've piled in a family of five, but it's also not cramped for two adults in front or in back, and that's the sweet spot for any family car that has to fit multiple household roles. The Fusion's seats are particularly good for the class, and the trunk and interior storage space is above par, too.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives it an overall rating of four out of five stars, and the 2011 Ford Fusion has a strong crash-test track record with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well. The IIHS has given the Fusion a Top Safety Pick award, just as it's done for the Fusion's mechanical near-twin, the Lincoln MKZ. And like the MKZ, the Fusion offers up some safety options we recommend to family-car shoppers, including a rearview camera and blind-spot detection systems.