2013 Ford Fusion Expert Review

4.0 Overall Score
Performance 4.0 Comfort 3.8 Styling 4.6 Value 3.6

Editor's Overview

The Ford Fusion midsize sedan has been revamped for 2013, bringing dazzling looks, scores of technology, and a variety of powertrains that include two hybrids. The Fusion further stands out in this crowded segment with its blend of laudable fuel economy, athletic driving characteristics, and competitive pricing.

You'll Like The 2013 Ford Fusion If...

Whether you want a midsize sedan that's value-oriented, engaging to drive, or boasts the highest fuel economy in its class, there is probably a version of the 2013 Fusion that fits your requirements.

You May Not Like The 2013 Ford Fusion If...

If you must have a V6 engine, the Fusion isn't for you. And if you want a coupe version, like what Honda offers in its Accord, you're out of luck there as well. Those seeking the lowest price in the segment, meanwhile, may be attracted to a Hyundai Sonata or Subaru Legacy.

What's New

The Ford Fusion has been revamped for 2013 with a new design and high-tech safety features such as adaptive cruise control. Two different turbocharged 4-cylinder engines replace the V6 choices in previous models, and a plug-in hybrid called the Fusion Energi joins the regular Hybrid model, which is now rated at 47 mpg.

Interior Features

The 2013 Fusion's cabin is comfortable but feels slightly narrow, despite interior space growing compared with the last model. Four adults can sit comfortably in the Fusion, or three kids can squeeze in the back seat. At 16 cubic feet, the new Fusion's trunk is a tad smaller than its predecessor. In hybrid models, some space is eaten up by under-floor batteries. Still, even hybrid models allow the rear seats to fold for added cargo room. The cloth seats and foam inserts in Fusion Hybrid models are made from recyclable or renewable materials. Supple leather seating and an audio/climate-control system with touch controls can be had in higher trims.

Exterior Features

Ford has taken the Fusion's outer styling to a new level for this 2nd-generation, 2013 model. The car looks like a design from Aston Martin – which Ford previously owned – rather than your average 5-passenger family sedan. Bland this is not. 2013 Fusions are distinguished by a large trapezoidal grille up front. The EasyFuel capless gas filler system means you'll never again have to wrestle to open a fuel cap or wait for it to "click" into place. Energi versions have what looks like an additional fuel door on the front driver's side that covers the port for the charging cable. An innovative light ring indicates the level of charge, with a full circle equating a full charge.

Driving Impressions

The 2013 Ford Fusion stands out in the mid-size sedan segment with its athletic driving character. While the base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is adequate, the sedan really shines with the 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder or the even more potent 2.0-liter turbo that boasts 240 horsepower. A smooth shifting 6-speed automatic transmission is standard except in the hybrids, which use a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the 1.6 turbo which offers a sterling 6-speed manual as a no-cost option. An optional fuel-saving start/stop system on the 1.6-liter model takes getting used to and can decrease the efficiency of the climate-control system at idle. All-wheel drive, available with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, offers extra grip. The Fusion Hybrid, meanwhile, is among the best we've driven. The system's transition between the gasoline engine and electric motor is nearly seamless, and the car can travel up to 62 mph on electric power alone. The Energi plug-in hybrid's electric-only top speed is 85 mph, and the car is rated to travel up to 21 miles on electricity alone and up to 620 miles total.

Pricing Notes

A base 2013 Ford Fusion S has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $22,495. On the other end of the spectrum, a loaded Titanium model with all-wheel drive can reach over $38,000. Regular Hybrid models start just under $28,000, while the Energi plug-in hybrid starts at $39,495. At its starting price, the 2013 Fusion is in line with segment leader Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Chevy Malibu. The VW Passat, Hyundai Sonata, and Subaru Legacy undercut the Fusion's starting price. Hybrid models of the Fusion are priced higher than hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima. Be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price before buying to see what others in your area are actually paying for the 2013 Fusion. Looking ahead, we predict the Fusion's resale value to be near the top of this class, close to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

Notable Equipment

The new Fusion debuts in four trims: S, SE, SE Hybrid, and Titanium. The Fusion Energi is set to arrive in early 2013. Base S models include manual climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input, 16-inch wheels, and Ford's SYNC wireless communication system with voice control. SE models add 10-way power driver's seat, rear air vents, a 6-speaker audio system, and 17-inch wheels. Moving up to the Titanium model nets the powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, 12-speaker Sony premium audio system with HD and satellite radio, dual-zone auto climate control, a rearview camera, leather seating, and 18-inch wheels.

Notable Options

In addition to more powerful turbocharged engines, features available on the 2013 Ford Fusion emphasize technology for making the car safer and commutes more comfortable. Among the offerings are a reverse-sensing system, Active Park Assist to help with parallel parking, adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, and a blind-spot monitoring system. One particularly interesting and potentially life-saving feature is the Lane Keeping System. Using a windshield-mounted camera, the car keeps a digital eye on road markings to detect if the car drifts into another lane. If that happens, the system alerts the driver by sounding a warning, vibrating the steering wheel and, ultimately, applying steering torque to get the car back into the lane.

Favorite Features

HYBRID VERSION

Perhaps the best thing about the hybrid version of the Fusion is that you may not know it is one until you realize how little fuel you're using. The Fusion Hybrid yields an EPA-estimated 47 mpg combined, and is a smooth operator while earning that lofty figure.

1.6-LITER TURBOCHARGED ENGINE

As with its use in the 2013 Ford Escape, this small-yet-mighty powerplant feels like the Goldilocks of the Fusion's gasoline engine choices. Connected to either the easy-to-use 6-speed manual transmission or the 6-speed automatic with auto start/stop, this engine returns up to 37 mpg.

Under the Hood

The base engine in the 2013 Ford Fusion is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder carried over from the previous generation that makes 175 horsepower. Better engine options are the 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost or the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, which make 178 horsepower and 240 horsepower, respectively. Both turbo engines can run on regular unleaded gasoline. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive limited to the 2.0-liter engine. The new Fusion is offered in two hybrid versions. The regular hybrid uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor to achieve 47 mpg and a total output of 188 horsepower. A plug-in version called the Energi uses the same engine and motor setup but offers a larger lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged via an AC outlet. The Energi is estimated to travel up to 21 miles in EV mode, and up to 620 miles total before having to recharge the battery or fill up the gasoline tank. Recharge time for the battery is projected at 7 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet, or 2.5 hours on a 240-volt outlet.

2.5-liter inline-4

175 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/34 mpg

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4

178 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm

184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/37 mpg (manual), 23/36 mpg (automatic), 24/37 (automatic with engine start/stop)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4

240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm

270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/33 mpg (front-wheel drive), 22/31 mpg (all-wheel drive)

2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (hybrid)

188 horsepower (total)

129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine only)

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 47/47 mpg

2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (plug-in hybrid)

195 horsepower (total, with full battery charge)

129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine only)

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 108/92 mpg equivalent

Editors' Notes

The 2013 Fusion marks the second generation of Ford's mid-size family sedan. What was a good-looking car to begin with has become a dazzling one now with fresh sheet metal and slightly larger dimensions. At first glance, you might think it's an Aston Martin. The Ford Fusion's positive traits are more than skin-deep. Under its sleek hood, Ford has replaced the past V6 engine options with a choice of two small-but-powerful and fuel-efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplants. Those seeking the greatest fuel-economy will be drawn to the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid. With great looks, solid driving dynamics and a wide variety of features at competitive prices, the 2013 Fusion can more than hold its own against rivals like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

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2013 Ford Fusion Merlot [ burgundy] in color is a great, reliable, safe car

2013 Ford Fusion SE

I think over all the 2013 Ford Fusion is an excellent car of choice. I have 50,000 miles on mine and have had it for 5 years now and have not had any problems with it. I have gotten in a front end collision with it and I will tell you that the car saved me. It held up under the impact. I was amazed at the minimal damage my car took. If that would have been a plastic car it would have been totaled, however the Ford Fusion is metal and held. Up under pressure. I did have about 5,000 dollars in damages it that is a long way from totaling a 35,000 dollar car. It has also had some recalls that the dealer has taken care of for me right away. However, I did not have any problems with the recall areas the put the new parts in anyway. I have the larger motor in my car the 2.5 liter and I get about 30 miles a gallon on the road and about 26 in town so if you are looking for fuel mileage get the smaller motor. This car is also a beast in the snow I do not even put on snow tires. You just put the traction control on and away you go. I would not try to drive through a two foot drift but it has been in 6 or 8 inches of snow and been ok. You just have to know how to handle a car in the winter. I love the car and would recommend it to anyone. I have the merlot color what I call burgundy and it is a sharp looking car. So buy one you'll love it.

- Polly P

Slick design, great features even with the basic model.

2013 Ford Fusion S

This car has such a smooth ride. The engine is loud outside but you cannot hear it really at all in the car. Even the basic model has Sirius radio, Bluetooth, USB and multiple places for car chargers. I love that the car has back seat ac making it much more comfortable for everyone. We only have had one problem with the driver door not latching shut which turned out to be a manufacturing error which was quickly recalled and fixed. This car is super reliable and can handle dirt/ uneven roads like a champ. The seats are comfortable and can be adjusted in multiple ways. The seats lay back pretty far making road trips more comfortable. For being a smaller car the trunk has so much room. It is kind of ridiculous how much stuff we can fit. We can fit 10 five gallon bottles no problem. The back seats lay flat for even extra room. The cruise control is nice because it shows the exact speed it is set at. There are blind side mirrors which are very helpful. The car looks really nice and looks more expensive than it is. We get excellent mpg highway and street. We have had very few problems with our car even after multiple road trips. I love that I can roll down and roll up the windows with the key fob.

- Gabrielle M

High tech car with a luxury feel!

2013 Ford Fusion

I bought my Ford Fusion used with 109, 000 miles on it from a close friend. It is the se (with the luxury package). I love how comfortable it is. The leather is so soft. I love the sound system inside of it. It is very high tech. You can control anything on the radio/Bluetooth, etc. from your steering wheel where all the info is digitally displayed on the dashboard! Another thing I love is how heavy the doors are, it makes it feel expensive. however it is not the same for the trunk. It is super light and mad of aluminum. Would love for it to be like the doors. I do not like how there are not physical buttons to push in the center area. It is more of a touch sensor buttons. They are easily touched on accident which turns things on that you do not want! (like the seat heater). Other than that I love my Fusion so much and would say buy it if you can!!

- Kelsey R

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