Ford Fusion2006-07 models built after January 2006 and before February 2007
results also apply to: 2007 Lincoln MKZ built before February 2007 | 2006 Lincoln Zephyr built after January 2006 | 2006-07 Mercury Milan built after January 2006 and before February 2007
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln Zephyr were introduced in the 2006 model year. The Zephyr was renamed the MKZ beginning with 2007 models.
All 2006-07 Fusion, Milan, and Zephyr/MKZ models manufactured after January 2006 include a hard plastic "ramp" bolted above or below the carpeting near the base of the accelerator pedal designed to decrease right leg and foot injury risk in frontal offset crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a Fusion with the added part in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail and grab handle.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right femur and tibia indicate that both upper and lower leg injuries would be possible. Also, a steel pin in the dummy’s ankle broke, indicating forces high enough that ankle injuries would be likely. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.
- Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the roof rail during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was low.
- Postcrash photo indicating the added "ramp" intended to reduce loading on the right leg and foot in frontal offset crashes. (Cars built later in 2006 have the ramp hidden underneath the carpeting; Ford says hiding it does not affect performance.)
- Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard beginning with 2007 models and in 2006 Zephyr, optional in 2006 Fusion and Milan models)
- Antilock brakes (optional on Fusion and Milan, standard on Zephyr/MKZ)
- Daytime running lights (optional on vehicles sold to fleets)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 2006 Ford Fusion SE 4-door
- Class: Midsize moderately priced car
- Weight: 3,386 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 107 in.
- Length: 190 in.
- Width: 72 in.
- Engine: 3.0 L V6
- EPA ratings: 21 mpg city | 29 mpg highway