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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Ford Fusion

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 22 City / 33 Highway
Pros
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Build quality better than average
  • Exceptional handling
  • Attractive exterior design
Cons
  • Less interior space than competitors
  • Just average rear visibility
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With stylish looks, performance and lots of available technology, the Ford Fusion is sure to impress the neighbors.

Introduction

The new Ford Fusion is one of the most captivating designs to hit the family sedan segment, drawing immediate comparisons to exotic cars like Aston Martins. But it's also efficient and technologically advanced, with lots of options to let buyers find a Fusion that's right for them. And some of the available features, like active park assist, are unique in the segment and enticing even to premium shoppers.

The Fusion starts off with the S, which will attract buyers interested in a basic family sedan. That means it gets the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 175 horsepower and a six-speed automatic. Also included are power windows, locks with keyless entry, power mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning with cabin air filter, 16-inch steel wheels, a trip computer, split-folding rear seats, and Ford's SYNC system which integrates audio and iPod controls.

The SE adds upgrades like 17-inch alloy wheels, a power driver's seat, a rear center armrest, and a Sirius satellite radio. It's also available with two engine options: a 1.6-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower or a 2.0-liter version with 237 horsepower.

The top-trim Titanium comes only with the 2.0-liter Ecoboost, along with 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, a backup camera, parking sensors, MyFord Touch controls, a 12-speaker HD Sony radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather seats, and a 4-way power passenger's seat.

Options on SE and Titanium include active park assist, which guides the car in parallel parking situations, a power moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, and navigation.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Ford Fusion
Starting price
$12,799

2013 Ford Fusion S

Recommended for: Buyers looking for the midsize sedan essentials

The S sticks to the basics a midsize sedan should offer in today's market. It gets a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 175 horsepower; power windows, locks and mirrors; keyless entry; air conditioning; Ford's SYNC system for iPod connection with voice recognition; and cruise control. Also included are a trip computer; a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls for the four-speaker audio system; automatic headlights; LED taillights and 16-inch steel wheels.

2013 Ford Fusion
Starting price
$12,799

2013 Ford Fusion SE

Recommended for: Buyers looking for better fuel economy and performance

Ford aims the SE at buyers who want more special features and technology, as well as more engine choices. On top of the S's equipment, the SE gets a rear center armrest, compass, rear air vents, six-speaker audio system with Sirius satellite radio, a 10-way power driver's seat, body-colored side mirrors and body molding, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Options include heated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, parking sensors, a backup camera, an active parking system, adaptive cruise control, a moonroof and MyFord Touch with navigation. Also available is a 1.6-liter turbocharged Ecoboost engine with 180 horsepower and improved fuel economy, or a 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine with 237 horsepower.

2013 Ford Fusion
Starting price
$12,799

2013 Ford Fusion Titanium

Recommended for: Buyers interested in more power and technology

Titanium trim boasts the most power, technology and luxury of any Fusion, making it a rival for some base versions of entry-level luxury sedans. All Titaniums get the 2.0-liter Ecoboost as standard, along with 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhausts, a rear spoiler, chrome door handles, heated leather seats, MyFord Touch with a Sony 12-speaker HD radio, remote start, keyless entry and start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient lighting, a backup camera and parking sensors, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Options include premium floor mats, automatic wipers, active park assist, navigation and fog lights.

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