The perfect blend
The Ford Fusion has earned the right to roll in to any party and announce itself to the crowd, so when a brand new model debuts, the automotive world takes notice. You should too.
Ford Fusion Trims and Feature Highlights
The Ford Fusion is a five-seat midsize sedan that starts at an affordable $21,700. Four models are available for 2013: S, SE, SE Hybrid, and Titanium- the Fusion Energi plug-in becomes available in early 2013. On the outside, Ford has given the new Fusion a decidedly upscale persona, highlighted by the Aston-esque grille. Stepping inside the cabin isn’t a step down, as premium touches intermingle with plenty of comfort and new technology that is sure to impress any test driver.
Getting behind Fusion’s wheel offers an opportunity to experience the attention to detail at high speeds. Ford offers four Fusion engines for 2013, including a pair of turbocharged EcoBoost options. The popular Fusion Hybrid features a 2.4 liter gasoline engine and electric motor combo that translates to 188 horsepower and 47 combined MPG.
Among the tech features available are SYNC with MyFord Touch (new to Fusion), an EcoGuide efficiency gauge for the Hybrid and Fusion Energi, as well as a blind spot monitor with cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert, park assist, and a lane keeping system.
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Ford Fusion Performance
Ford offers four engine selections, depending on trim. S and SE Fusion trims get a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder as standard, worth 175 horsepower that’s matched by 175 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission controls the 2.5 liter.
SE trims also get a pair of EcoBoost options. Shoppers can choose either a turbocharged 1.6 liter 4-cylinder worth 178 HP and 184 lb.-ft. or a turbocharged 2.0 liter that ups muscle to 240 HP and 270 lb.-ft. The 1.6 liter is fitted with either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual, and an available start-stop feature shuts down the engine at stops for additional fuel economy. The 2.0 liter is given a 6-speed auto that also features paddle shifters for manual mode.
The SE Hybrid is handed a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder gas engine worth 141 horsepower 129 lb.-ft. of torque that partners with an electric motor for a combined output of 188 horses. An an electronic continuously variable (e-CVT) transmission controls the Hybrid.
All Fusion engines are given front-wheel drive as standard, though the 2.0 liter Titanium is also available as an all-wheel drive model.
Ford Fusion Fuel Economy
Estimates for the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder found on S and SE Fusion are 22/34/26 (city/highway/combined) MPG. Choosing the 1.6 liter EcoBoost with automatic transmission warrants 23/26/28; manual editions improve to 25/37/29.
The 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine manages 22/33/26 MPG when equipped with front-wheel drive, and 22/31/25 with all-wheel drive.
The Fusion Hybrid makes things easy by offering 47 MPG across the board.
Ford Fusion Interior Highlights
Ford wanted to convey the same aesthetic appeal both inside and out of Fusion, and they’ve succeeded to a degree. High quality materials mask the relative comfort of the seats, and drivers should have no problem finding the perfect driving angle to get started. The dash comes across as very clean and simple- almost boring, if it weren’t for the knowledge that its contents contain some very intelligent tech. MyFord Touch, on an 8 inch LCD touchscreen, provides a one-stop infotainment venue- though it may take a few spins to get used to.
Rear legroom measures a healthy 38.3 inches, and the backseat as a whole should accommodate a couple of adults just fine if needed. Trunk space for the gasoline Fusion is 16 cubic feet; Fusion Hybrid trunks shrink to 12 cubes.
Ford Fusion Safety
All 2013 Fusion trims are given 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability & traction control, MyKey, full-length side curatain airbags, and both driver and front passenger knee bags. SYNC is also back and offers emergency assistance to those in need.
Available safety features include rain sensing windshield wipers, active park assist, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert, BLIS blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, and lane departure alert with a driver monitoring system.
Crash test ratings are not yet available for the 2013 Ford Fusion/Fusion Hybrid.
Ford Fusion Summary
A fresh look and feel, complete with lively performance, everyday utility, impressive fuel numbers, and stimulating technology make the 2013 Ford Fusion a must look both within and beyond the midsize sedan market.
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