Motor Trend reports that the new Ford 500 and Mercury Montego both have attained the IIHS's highest honor. "The institute's new Top Safety Pick Gold only is attainable by an elite fraction of vehicles that achieve the best available safety performance in three separate categories rear, side and frontal collisions according to IIHS President Brian ONeill." Unknown to most of the public Ford continues its dominance in the affordable, safe, midsize transportation segment. Notice how Accord, Camry, Maxima are not in this list.
On a side note I would also like to mention that in my opinon Montego also has the most attractive spokesperson, Jill Wagner.