The 2013 Ford Fusion earns an above average Total Car Score for the Midsize Sedans & Wagons segment. That said, one look at its handsome exterior, wide array of desirable features and cutting-edge technology should earn it a spot on every midsize sedan shoppers "must test drive" list.
Aside from slightly larger dimensions and freshened styling that gives it a decidedly sleeker appearance, the 2013 Fusion benefits from a collection of new fuel-efficient powertrains including three new four-cylinder engines, not to mention a hybrid and new plug-in hybrid powertrains (see separate review). There's technology galore here as well, including options like adaptive cruise control and an automated parallel parking system that are usually found only on much more expensive models.
Topping the list of potential downsides is the significant price premium charged for hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Loading up on other options can also drive the window sticker's bottom line up sharply.
Given the fact that this is an all-new model, expect only minor tweaks for the next few years.
The 2013 Ford Fusion is a midsize five-passenger sedan that's offered in three trim levels: S, SE and Titanium.
There are three four-cylinder engines available (not counting the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models), starting with a 2.5-liter rated at 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 1.6-liter puts out 179 hp and 172 lb-ft, while the twin-turbo EcoBoost 2.0-liter produces a healthy 237 hp and 250 lb-ft. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic; front-wheel-drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available as an option.
Technology upgrades include the now standard Sync system for voice-control of cell phones, portable music players and assorted in-car features. Other available high-tech options include adaptive cruise control, rear parking assist with cross-path detection and a lane departure system that not only alerts you if you the vehicle drifts out of the lane, but gently intervenes to guide the car back between the lane markers.
Official EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2013 Ford Fusion haven't been announced as of this writing, but Ford says the EcoBoost 1.6-liter should be good for 26 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.
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