- 2013 Ford Fusion Energi earns 5-star NHTSA rating
- Scored five stars in frontal- and side-impact tests
- Fusion Energi available now; starts around $40,000
The plug-in hybrid Ford Fusion Energi has received a 5-star overall crash test rating from the government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That means all three versions of the Fusion have officially earned 5-star NHTSA crash test ratings.
The Fusion, Fusion Energi and Fusion Hybrid all scored five overall stars in NHTSA crash test ratings. The Fusion Energi was the latest to receive the score, earning five stars in frontal- and side-impact tests and four stars in the agency's rollover test. The overall total, which averages all three tests, came out to five stars.
Interestingly, the Fusion Energi performed slightly better than its stablemates in NHTSA's tests. The reason is that other Fusion models earned only four stars in the side-impact test. While Ford attributes the difference to crash test variability, another explanation could be the batteries in the Fusion Energi. Many are mounted behind the rear seats, which could give the car extra support.
The 5-star overall rating for the Fusion Energi -- and the sedan's entire lineup -- is just the latest safety-related good news for the Ford Fusion. The midsize sedan also earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), which is a step above the traditional Top Safety Pick rating. The rating is due to the car's Acceptable performance in IIHS's new small-overlap front crash test.
While safety is important, the Fusion Energi's main selling point is its powertrain. The plug-in hybrid features both an electric motor and a 195-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. The car can travel an EPA-rated 21 miles on a single charge before the gasoline engine kicks in, extending its range to a whopping 620 miles.
Rated at 44 mpg city and 41 mpg highway, the Fusion Energi starts just under $40,000. Its fuel economy rating is less than the Fusion Hybrid (47 mpg city/47 mpg hwy), which starts around $29,000. But the Fusion Hybrid doesn't offer the ability to drive in fully electric mode.
Ford says the Fusion Energi is available at dealerships nationwide.
What it means to you: The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi gives drivers yet another strong choice in the Ford Fusion lineup.