In the case of the Ford, new front end reinforcements helped it to gain Top Safety Pick Plus status, after last year’s Fusion earned an ‘acceptable’ rating in the tough front overlap test. The 2017 Fusion managed a top score of ‘good’ in all of the crash tests performed by the IIHS.
The Fusion’s front automatic braking system also improved from ‘basic’ to ‘superior,’ after preventing forward collisions at both 12 and 25 mph.
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To qualify as a Top Safety Pick Plus, a vehicle must earn ‘good’ ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and have an available front crash prevention system that earns either an advanced or superior rating.
Mazda’s CX-3 was tested for the first time by the IIHS and managed to come away with a Top Safety Pick Plus designation right out of the gate. It earned ‘good’ ratings in all crash tests and a ‘superior’ rating for automatic forward braking.
In testing, the CX-3’s automatic brakes avoided a collision at 12 mph and reduced speed by up to 23 mph in 25 mph collisions.