It improved in the difficult small overlap tet

The refreshed 2017 Ford Fusion’s sharper styling makes the sedan more handsome, but underneath the good looks the new one is also a much safer vehicle. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just gave the upgraded four-door the agency’s Top Safety Pick+ award for the highest possible ratings across all of its crash tests.

The updated front end performs significantly better in a crash, and the Fusion now scores the IIHS’ top Good score in the often difficult small overlap front crash test ­­– up from Acceptable for the pre-refresh model. The structural changes allow just two inches of intrusion into the cabin versus six inches previously. The airbags and seatbelts in the upgraded sedan also now control the dummy’s movement better than before.

The 2017 Fusion also sees its front crash prevention rating jump to Superior, which is the highest possible score, from Basic, which is the lowest. The high grade comes from the sedan’s optional automatic braking system that can successfully avoid collisions from 12 and 25 miles per hour. The Ford’s forward-collision warning also meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s requirements.

The refreshed Fusion has more available power and luxury to go with the sedan's improved safety. The new Sport model puts a biturbo 2.7-liter V6 under the hood with 325 horsepower and a brawny 380 pound-feet of torque, and the power gets to the ground through an all-wheel drive system. The Platinum trim also packs on the amenities, including upgraded leather, 19-inch wheels, and a unique grille with Magnetic paint.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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