Since its introduction by Ford Motors in 2005 for the 2006 model year, the mid-size four-door sedan Ford Fusion has been a critical and commercial success — recognized by publications such as Motor Trend and Car and Driver, and becoming the best-selling domestic vehicle. And with the arrival of the 2013 Ford Fusion — which officially kicks off the car’s second generation of production — Ford obviously does not believe in the “if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix it” theory, as it continues to refine the vehicle while retaining its main features.
S, SE, and Titanium
For this model year, Ford has now whittled down the main trims of the Fusion to three: the S, SE and Titanium, in addition to the gasoline-electric hybrid. Also, the company-branded Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is still a drivetrain choice for customers who crave sure-footed traction.
Ford is replacing most of the Fusion’s aging Duratec family of engines with EcoBoost, which is a collection of turbocharged, direct-injected engines designed for increasing fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse emissions.
The 2013 Ford Fusion will arrive statewide in mid-2012. Expect a price range of around $21,000 to $28,000. Warranty will consist of 3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper, 5 years/60,000 miles for powertrain and 5 years/unlimited miles for corrosion. If you are considering purchasing this vehicle in the near future, it would be wise to compare the prices of not only other brand vehicles but also the cost of insurance. Insurance rates could vary from car to car and on the individual driver. Doing an online comparison at Kanetix can help you figure out which insurance provider offers the cheapest auto insurance quotes for your vehicle.
The standard engine is actually a 2.5-liter Duratec inline four cylinder (I4), which generates 170 horsepower and 170 pounds-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque. However, for customers gearing towards better fuel economy, the 2013 Fusion offers the 1.6-liter EcoBoost I4 with 179 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque, and 2.0-liter EcoBoost I4 with 237 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. Either engine can provide up to an impressive fuel economy of 37 miles per gallon (MPG).
Even more impressive is the new 2.0-liter I4 Duratec engine for the 2013 Ford Fusion hybrid. Replacing its immediate predecessor — the 3.0-liter Duratec 30 V-6 — it is expected to provide up to 47 MPG. For customers that crave the most eco-friendly Fusion variant, there’s the plug-in hybrid Energi, expected to deliver over 100 MPGe. This dwarfs the Chevrolet Volt at 92 MPGe and the Pris plug-in at 87 MPGe.
Also new for the Ford Fusion is a six-speed automatic transmission that has an automatic start-stop system. This means that when the car stops, the gearbox smoothly shuts off the engine; and when the brake pedal is released, the engine is smoothly restarted. This technology is implemented to further reduce emissions and fuel consumption. Additionally, the transmission has a SelectShift feature that gives the driver the sports-oriented feel of shifting gears, thus simulating a manual gearbox. For those who want an actual manual transmission, get a Fusion with the 1.6-liter I4.
An electric power-steering system (EPAS) is new for this model year — applied for automatic adjustment according to the driver’s speed. Other driver-assisting technologies on the 2013 Fusion include Active Park Assist for assistance in parallel parking, Adaptive Cruise Control for slowing down the vehicle in anticipation of slower traffic, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) for alerting the driver of a blind spot and Lane Keeping System for maintaining appropriate lane position. In terms of safety, dual first-row knee and front air bags are added to adapt to the driver and passenger’s positioning, size and seatbelt use.
In terms of its exterior, the 2013 Ford Fusion has an even sleeker and sportier design than its predecessors, even if it still isn’t the ideal sports car. Standard size for the alloy wheels is 18 inches, a 2-inch increase over previous years. Also, the car has a vast array of color finish choices, numbering up to ten.
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