Joe Duarte

2013 Ford Fusion

Choice highlights new Fusion

2013 Ford Fusion

Choice highlights new Fusion

Ford’s all-new mid-sized 2013 Fusion is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, each promising to deliver top fuel economy and an engaging driving experience.

But those aren’t the only choices for what promises to be one of the most well-rounded brand offerings in the market. There are three trim levels for the regular car (S, SE and Titanium), naturally-aspirated or turbocharged four-cylinder engines, manual or automatic transmissions, and front or all-wheel drive.

Power for the base car is delivered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine through a six-speed automatic transmission. Also available is a 1.6-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine linked to the same automatic transmission (featuring Ford’s first adoption of a stop/start program) or a six-speed manual. At the top of the line, a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder features paddle shifting for its standard six-speed automatic, and can be had in either front or all-wheel drive.

The Fusion Hybrid gets a new 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine linked to a continuously variable transmission, all-new lithium-ion batteries to save weight and generate more power, and the ability to go up to 100 km/h on electric power. The plug-in Fusion Energi hybrid is reported to deliver the equivalent of better than 100 mpg (2.35 L/100km).

For safety, Fusion can help drivers maintain proper lane position (Lane Keeping Assist), adjust vehicle speed to changing traffic conditions (Adaptive Cruise Control), park itself after identifying suitable parking spaces (Active Park Assist), and aid drivers backing out of parking space where visibility is obstructed (Blind Spot Information System – BLIS - with cross-traffic alert).

And, of course, there’s the latest iteration of Ford’s Sync communications and entertainment system, which enables voice-activated communication through a driver’s mobile phone and interaction with the car’s audio system, and the updated MyFord Touch, which allows a driver to interact with vehicle systems through voice control, a touch screen tap or a conventional button.

Inside, there are softer-touch materials (which also extend to the trunk, where hinge hardware is covered), while a higher center console supports the driver-centric theme and yields clever storage for items a driver wants to keep handy. The instrument panel was moved way from the front seats to create a greater feeling of space.

And the quality inside is expanded to the chassis, with electric power assisted steering, a MacPherson strut front suspension and new multi-link rear set-up. Ride is quietened through the use of acoustic underbody shields and sound absorption materials optimized for weight and aerodynamics toward fuel economy goals. Hybrid and Energi models further feature active noise control.

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Fact file

  • Trim level: S; SE; Titanium
  • Price range: not yet set
  • Year/Make/Model: 2013 Ford Fusion
  • Options: all-wheel drive; 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum wheels; navigation system; active park assist.
  • Competitors: Chevrolet Malibu; Chrysler 200; Dodge Avenger; Honda Accord; Hyundai Sonata; Kia Optima; Mazda6; Nissan Altima; Subaru Legacy; Suzuki Kizashi; Toyota Camry; Volkswagen Jetta.
  • Warranty (basic): 3 years/ 60,000 km
  • Warranty (powertrain): 5 years/ 100,000 km