The NHTSA safety rating applies to any 2017 Ford Fusion with front- or all-wheel drive, save for the plugin-hybrid “Energi” model. The redesigned Ford Fusion received four stars in the frontal crash and rollover categories, and a five-star rating in the side crash test. These ratings, in combination with a slew of available active-safety features, contributed to the car’s five-star overall rating.
The Ford Fusion’s five-star NHTSA safety rating isn’t enough to put it in a class above, however; according to Edmunds, each of its three chiefest rivals – the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry – also nabbed a five-star score from the government agency. The 2017 Fusion earned one fewer star in the frontal crash category, and one additional star in the side crash category, compared to the 2016 model.