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2013 Ford Fusion Overview
One of the most anticipated cars of the year, the 2013 Ford Fusion puts a new spin on the midsize segment emphasizing drivability and style in a segment that is generally considered one of the most boring.
More midsize cars are sold in the US than any other class of vehicle so the Fusion is wading into very competitive waters. As we alluded to earlier, most carmakers choose to play it safe in this segment (we’re looking at you Toyota Camry and Honda Accord) but Ford has chosen to do the opposite with this Fusion, giving it a brand new design that looks nothing like the outgoing Fusion, which was a very capable car in its own right.
Simply put, we think the redesigned 2013 Fusion is hands down the best looking midsize sedan on sale today. The front evokes Aston Martin, from the slim hexagonal grille to the swept back headlamps. Down the side of the Fusion a prominent character line angles forward giving the appearance of motion when viewed in profile; the rear has a unique high bumper that meets the trunk lid and blends down into integrated tailpipes. The British SAS have a saying: Who dares, wins, and in this case Ford took a chance on the Fusion’s styling and they have definitely won.
The Fusion also got a pair of new drivetrains for 2013. The base engine carries over from 2012, a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. A new pair of EcoBoost (read: turbocharged) four-cylinder engines are available, one focusing on fuel economy and the other performance, replacing the V-6 option. The smaller is a 179-horsepower, turbo-1.6-liter four-cylinder, while the performance engine is a 237-horsepower, turbo-2.0-liter four-cylinder, which is available with all-wheel drive. A six speed automatic is the standard transmission, while the 1.6-liter engine will also offer a six-speed manual.
Fuel economy ratings have also risen with the redesign. A Fusion with the base engine will return 22/34 mpg city/highway. Opting for the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine improves mileage to 25/37 mpg city/highway with the manual, and 23/36 mpg with the automatic. The range topping 2.0-liter EcoBoost offers the most performance, but a shade less fuel efficiency with 22/33 mpg city/highway. (For those who put a larger emphasis on fuel efficiency, the Fusion Hybrid and its 47 combined mpg are covered separately on this site.)
The design of the interior is also brand new, with strong lines on the dash that mirror the creases found on the hood. Each 2013 Fusion is offered with plenty of technology inside, with Ford’s SYNC voice command system standard that connects to your smart phone and will even read your text messages aloud. Air conditioning, auxiliary audio input jack, power windows/locks, and keyless entry are also standard. Options include MyFord Touch, which replaces many of the physical buttons with touch sensitive ones and adds LCD screens to the center console and instrument panel, a navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and leather upholstery.
When it comes to safety, the Fusion has you covered. Front, side, and knee airbags are standard, as are antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. There are also many tech options usually only found on luxury cars, such as drowsy-driver detection, adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot warning system, and an automatic parallel parking system.
Ford has hit one out of the park with the 2013 Fusion, which proves that just because a vehicle is midsize it doesn’t have to be boring to look at or drive.