Look out, Camry.
Even as the previous Fusion racked up impressive sales numbers, Ford had its eyes on a bigger prize — the one held by the Toyota Camry as the best-selling car in America. The all-new 2013 Fusion is ready for the challenge. The Fusion’s styling has no resemblance to the previous version, and yet the result is a cohesive whole that is unmistakably Ford. The old Fusion had a four-cylinder, two V-6s, and a hybrid. This time there are three fours, no V-6s, and two hybrids. The carryover 2.5-liter four-cylinder is the base engine. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo is optional, and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is standard on the Titanium, where it can be had with all-wheel drive — an unusual offering in this class. Both regular and plug-in hybrids are offered, although the plug-in, called the Fusion Energi, won’t be out until early 2013. The Fusion Hybrid, rated at a very impressive 47 mpg, uses a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder; a new, electronically controlled CVT; and a lithium-ion battery pack. Ford has shown real skill in chassis tuning, and that’s the case here, too. The Fusion turns in eagerly and resists body roll, but it also takes the edge of bumps. It feels taut and European. With attractive styling, a premium chassis, good fuel economy, and lots of available high-tech features, the Fusion is a solid choice in the mid-size-sedan segment.
new for 2013
The Fusion is all-new for 2013. Sleek new styling has the added bonus of reducing aerodynamic drag by ten percent, meaning a saving in fuel economy. There is no longer a V-6 engine option, as two EcoBoost four-cylinders step into the engine lineup. The Hybrid gets a new powertrain, which it shares with the C-Max. The 1.6-liter Fusion with an automatic transmission has auto stop/start technology for added fuel savings.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; torque-vectoring control; tire-pressure monitors; blind-spot mirrors; and the SOS Post-Crash Alert System are standard. A rearview camera and a reverse sensing system are standard on the Titanium and optional on the SE and the Hybrid.
Available all-wheel drive
Lots of high-tech features
More expensive than some rivals
Base Price Range: $22,495–$30,995
DRIVE: Front-wheel, 4-wheel
TRIM LEVELS: S, SE, SE Hybrid, Titanium
BODY STYLE: Sedan, 5-passenger
ENGINES: 1.6L turbo I-4, 178 hp, 184 lb-ft
2.0L I-4/electric hybrid, 188 hp net
2.0L turbo I-4, 240 hp, 270 lb-ft
2.5L I-4, 175 hp, 175 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, continuously variable
PASSENGER VOLUME: 102.8 cu ft
CARGO SPACE: (Hybrid/Fusion) 12.0/16.0 cu ft