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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact; Top Safety Pick
Five stars, front impact tests; four and five stars, side impact tests
NHTSA (2009 Fusion)
Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system
Not only is the 2010 Ford Fusion environmentally friendly, thanks to the highly efficient 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid model, it's also safety-minded. The Ford Fusion incorporates the latest safety gear and advanced structural engineering to create an incredibly safe sedan.
The 2010 Ford Fusion achieved top scores in most categories of testing from the federal government. They earned the highest possible rating, five stars, for front impact protection, along with a five-star rating for front side impact but four out of five stars for rear side-impact protection.
In the arguably more stringent IIHS tests, the Ford Fusion earned the highest possible rating, "good," in side impact tests, as well as another "good" rating in the frontal offset impact category. The Ford Fusion performed so well in those tests, in fact, that the IIHS named the 2010 Ford Fusion a Top Safety Pick.
Aside from the stellar crash-test ratings, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and conventional models both offer the latest and greatest safety equipment. Jalopnik reviewers remark that the new 2010 Ford Fusion adds a "Blind Spot Information System (BLISTM) with Cross Traffic Alert, which can help provide extra confidence to drivers in parking lots by alerting drivers sooner of nearby traffic while backing out." In addition to that high-tech amenity, ConsumerGuide points out that 2010 Ford Fusion's "available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags."
One of the major safety concerns of most drivers is visibility from the driver's seat, and here Ford has once again taken charge and developed a few nifty systems to aid overall visibility. While reviews read by TheCarConnection.com turned up no complaints regarding visibility in the 2010 Ford Fusion, Ford has taken steps to make sure that nobody brings it up as a sticking point later on. To that end, Jalopnik reports that Ford adds a "reverse camera system... that is activated when Fusion is shifted into reverse, giving the driver a clear view behind the vehicle." Jalopnik also says the 2010 Ford Fusion's BLISTM "uses two multiple beam radar modules" that work to identify "when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on the corresponding side-view mirror providing a warning that a vehicle is approaching."
A full complement of airbags and some high-tech visibility aids make the 2010 Ford Fusion one of the safest sedan options on the market.