The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid (PHEV) earned the highest possible “five-star” Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In its testing, the 2013 C-MAX Energi, Ford’s other PHEV on the market, received a 4-star overall rating from NHTSA.
NHTSA has elected to test plug-in vehicles separately from vehicles powered by gasoline internal combustion engines. The Ford Fusion and the Ford Fusion Hybrid already received five-star safety ratings. The C-MAX hybrid received a four-star rating.
At the end of April, Ford had sold 778 units of the Fusion Energi since the PHEV went on sale in February. The company has sold 3,951 units of the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid since it went on sale in October 2012.
The NHTSA five-star rating for the Fusion Energi comes in addition to the 2013 Fusion being named a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in December. The Top Safety Pick + designation is the highest rating the organization has for vehicle safety.
The Fusion Energi also features the Personal Safety System with safety belt technologies and front impact airbags. The Personal Safety System is a network of components that work together to tailor the deployment of the front airbags during frontal collisions. Other driver assist technologies available on the Fusion Energi include:
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Rearview Camera
- Hill Start Assist
- Electronic Parking Break
The Fusion Energi gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 108 MPGe.