The 2016 Fusion, which is on sale now at Ford dealerships, received five stars in the front crash test and four stars in the side and rollover crash tests.
The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 2016 Fusion and the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid.
The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid also earned the top five-star safety rating from NHTSA but had slightly different results in the individual crash tests. The Fusion Energi received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.
However, the 2015 Fusion is an IIHS 2015 Top Safety Pick, earning "good" ratings in all crash tests and an "acceptable" rating in the small overlap front crash test. The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.
Standard safety features on the 2016 Fusion include electronic stability control, eight airbags and a rearview camera.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers should be aware that NHTSA has not rated the 2016 Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. However, all of those cars earned the top five-star safety rating for the 2015 model year.