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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.