Ford's Fusion, Edge gain top scores in crash tests

WASHINGTON -- The 2007 Ford Fusion midsize sedan and the 2007 Ford Edge sport utility vehicle received top scores in front- and side-impact crash testing by the insurance industry.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said today that the Edge, which has the same underpinnings as the Lincoln MKX, also earned its top rating for rear crash protection.

The crossover vehicles received the Institute's Top Safety Pick award, which recognizes vehicles that provide the best overall crash protection. The award applies to Edge and MKX vehicles made after January 2007 because Ford upgraded head restraints to improve rear crash protection.

Ford made changes to improve the Fusion's ability to withstand front and side crashes, and new institute testing gave it top scores of "good" in both scenarios. The Fusion, which has the same underpinnings as the Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ, received a "marginal" rating in rear protection.

Side air bags are now standard equipment in all 2007 Fusions.