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4.5Excellent

MPG 44 City / 41 Highway
Pros
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Solid build quality
  • Excellent handling
  • Stylish exterior and interior
  • Best value in class
Cons
  • Less interior room than competition
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In the 2010 model year, Ford introduced a new wrinkle to its lineup: the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Coming into the 2013 model year, the Fusion Hybrid arrives with an all-new look that includes razor-sharp ridges on the hood, elongated headlights and an all-around more aggressive look. Under its hood, Ford eliminated the old 2.5-liter Duratec hybrid setup and replaced it with a smaller-displacement engine that nets it a slight decrease in power -- 191 horsepower down to 188 horsepower -- but a huge 6 mpg increase in the city and 11 mpg increase on the highway. Also brand new on the 2013 Fusion Hybrid is Active Noise Cancellation, which senses cabin noise, the transmits reverse sound waves through the car's speakers to cancel out the noise, making the Fusion Hybrid's cabin pin-drop quiet.

Introduction

The 2013 Ford Fusion only comes in a single trim level: Base. Under the 2013 Fusion’s hood it features an all-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder, Atkins-cycle engine. The engine hooks up to a permanent-magnet AC synchronous motor that uses a 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery that produces up to 35 kW. Between the 141-horsepower that the engine creates and the 35 kW that the electric motor creates, the Fusion Hybrid has a total of 188 horsepower. Obviously, the Fusion Hybrid is not a performance vehicle, but it is all about fuel economy, as it gets 47 mpg city and 47 mpg highway.

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In terms of competition, there is just enough to make it interesting for Ford. The first competitor is the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid, which features a 111-horsepower hybrid drivetrain that affords it 39 mpg city and 38 mpg highway and comes in at $28,900. The 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco is also completely redesigned for the model year and it comes in with a $25,335 MSRP and a hybrid drivetrain that nets it 182 horsepower, and 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. The 2013 Buick Hybrid is yet another competitor, and it comes in at $29,015 and featuring a 2.4-liter engine paired with an electric motor that nets it 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. The last of the competitors is the 2013 Lexus ES 300h, which comes in at a hefty $38,850, features a 200-horsepower hybrid drivetrain, and gets 40 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid’s competition is fairly limited, due to the scarcity of hybrid drivetrains being stuffed into mid-size vehicles. Even with its limited list of competitors, Ford still needs to deliver a quality vehicle to start building a good hybrid-customer base now.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Starting price
$16,995

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a mid-size car that nears the 50 mpg mark

The Base trim level is all there is for the 2013 Fusion Hybrid. Under its hood is a 2.0-liter engine mated to an electric motor that nets it 188 horsepower and links up to an E-CVT automatic transmission. On the outside, the Fusion Hybrid comes standard with 17-inch painted aluminum rims, regenerative braking, body-colored power mirrors, welcome lighting, chrome grille, projector headlights, LED taillights, body-color rocker moldings and tinted windows. On the inside, the Fusion Hybrid comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, urethane shifter knob, power windows and door locks, intermittent wipers, three 12-volt power ports, compass, ford MyKey, six-speaker AM/FM/CD MP3 stereo system, Ford Sync, and 10-way power driver seat.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Starting price
$16,995

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium

Recommended for: Buyers who want every feature and creature comfort imaginable

The Fusion Hybrid Titanium is the highest trim available for the fuel-efficient family sedan and comes filled to the brim with high-end features. On the outside, the Titanium edition improves upon the Fusion Hybrid SE by including power mirrors with integrated puddle lamps, chrome-accented door handles, a chrome grille, fog lights and a rear deck-lid spoiler. The interior also receives its fair share of updates, including dual-zone, automatic climate control, a beautifully-stitched leather-wrapped steering, a rearview camera and most interestingly, an ambient interior lighting system which allows you to change the color of the lighting at the push of a button. The Titanium edition also includes creature comforts like a push-button and remote starting, Ford’s MyKey system and beautiful LED SmartGuage instrumentation. Rounding out the package, a Sony audio system with 12 speakers along with SYNC with MyFord voice control will keep passengers entertained during long road trips or short drives to the office. Although the pricing might seem high, the Titanium edition is packed with value-added features that become addictive, making it almost impossible to live without once experienced.

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