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2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Overview (See Available Styles)

Ford redesigned its Fusion midsize sedan for 2013 and also gave a complete makeover to its more fuel efficient relative, the Fusion Hybrid. Apologies for the understated introduction, but it’s a welcome precursor to the fawning that’s about to ensue.

In the interest of full disclosure: hybrids are not my favorite cars to write about. Generally they’re not very exciting or very much fun to look at it. But I’ve been chomping at the bit to write about the Fusion Hybrid for months. Styling is always subjective, but, what the heck – the new Fusion family is the best looking midsize sedan being sold today. When you can say something reminds you of an Aston Martin, that’s a definite compliment. Also note the small details, like how the Ford badge on the front has been moved up from the grille to the hood which completes the front fascia’s seamless look, which really complete the Fusion Hybrid’s presentation. The rear bumper is flush with the trunk lid, which is flanked by thin taillights that flare out and spill around the rear.

The 2013 Fusion Hybrid’s drivetrain is also a large leap forward from its predecessor. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine running on the efficient Atkinson cycle teams with an electric motor to output a combined 185-horsepower. A lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric motor, which can propel the Fusion Hybrid on electricity alone all the way up to 62 mph, compared to 47 mph for the previous generation.

This being a hybrid, if it wasn’t extremely fuel efficient all the style and panache in the world wouldn’t save it in the eyes of many consumers. Thankfully the 2013 Fusion Hybrid delivers: 47 mpg in both the city and highway, which blows away the combined numbers of the competition (Toyota Camry Hybrid: 41 mpg combined, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: 37 mpg combined). In fact, the Fusion Hybrid is closer to competing with the Toyota Prius than the other midsize hybrids.

Plenty of attention has also been paid to reworking the interior of the Fusion Hybrid. The new instrument panel is especially attractive, relaying essential info to the driver and adding two LCD screens that flank the speedometer and that display whatever data you select using controls on the steering wheel. On the center stack, the Fusion Hybrid employs touch-sensitive buttons for many functions which now feature dents so they’re easier to find than in previous iterations of the system. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, SYNC voice command system, audio input jack, and heated front seats. The Fusion Hybrid also employs an active noise cancellation system which makes for a quiet, comfortable interior.

The 2013 Fusion Hybrid also comes with a long list of standard safety features, including front knee airbags and an electronic stability system. There are also many high-tech safety features offered, such as drowsy-driver detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning system, and even an automatic parallel parking feature.

The redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid jumps immediately to the head of its class with superior style and fuel economy.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 44 MPG
  • Highway: 41 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: ****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

55 of 66 (83%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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