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2013 Ford Fusion Debut

Ford takes its midsizer to the next level

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What’s New
Just about everything is new for the redesigned, 2013 Ford Fusion, and though there are loads of features and improvements to highlight, perhaps the most noticeable change is the sporty styling cues borrowed from the Evos Concept and Ford's European Mondeo. Yes, that means no more boring sedan, and to back up that assertion, Ford will launch the Fusion with four engine options, including the range-topping Titanium trim with a 237-hp, 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. The driver-oriented interior promises improved seating support and soft touches, as well as a host of the latest technology, like the newest generation of MyFord Touch, and safety features like Blind Spot Information System, a Lane Keeping System that helps a driver maintain lane position, Adaptive Cruise Control, and an Active Park Assist, which identifies and assists with parking. Best of all, the Fusion should offer class leading, or close-to class leading, mileage in every model, including the impressive Hybrid (47 mpg city/44 mpg highway) and Energi, the plug-in hybrid.

Who It’s For
Who isn't the 2013 Ford Fusion for? With the new front grille and reworked body styling, the Fusion becomes one of the best-looking sedans on the market. And the Titanium should land near the top of the mid-size segment's sportiest rides, while the Hybrid, with its 47 mpg city/44 mpg highway rating, leaps to the head of the mid-size hybrid class; the base model, with its 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, should be the economic, but potent volume-seller, while the Fusion Energi, the plug-in hybrid, gets 100 mpgE. Yes, 100. OK, so who is it really for? Every lusting Accord, Camry, Malibu, and Altima owner.

Key Features
In addition to sportiness, Ford is pushing quality, safety, and refinement for the 2013 Fusion. The pictures may not do it justice, but sit in it, and you'll instantly see the craftsmanship and refinement.

  • Engine: 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter hybrid, and 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid. Choose your engine wisely: 26 mpg city/37 mpg highway, 237 horsepower, 47 mpg city/44 mpg highway, or 100 mpgE.
  • Interior: Sporty and driver-oriented. Clever storage space, recycled and earth-friendly fabrics, and soft touches. Plus, you know, all that SYNC and MyFord Touch stuff, with updates, which is kind of cool.
  • Exterior: A little bit Sonata, a little bit Aston Martin, and a lot of Evos Concept—what Ford says will give a "top-drawer visual experience" and "an emotional appeal."

What We Think
Visually, the 2013 Ford Fusion may be the best-looking car in its class. Two important things to keep in mind during auto show season is whether the new model can offer more for the same price or less (more yes, but how much?), and whether it drives as advertised. As with most debuts, we can't wait to find out.

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