2013 Ford Fusion
Base price: $22,495
As tested: $32,065 (hybrid model)
MPG: 47 city/47 highway
- Stunning new looks
- Best-in-class fuel economy
- Premium price
- Glossy black plastic trim on dash
By Jim Prueter
Ford’s stunning restyle of its midsize family sedan Fusion puts competitors the likes of Camry, Accord, Malibu, and Sonata in the rearview mirror.
On looks alone, Ford has our hearts racing. Although, its new design isn’t original: Upfront is an all-new grille lifted almost intact from Aston Martin, a company once owned by Ford. The roofline is pure Audi A7, and the back of the vehicle is strikingly similar to the Jaguar XF, another company previously owned by Ford.
Inside, the Fusion has new seats that are the most comfortable in the class, along with a gorgeous, well-organized dash. And back-seat legroom is spacious thanks to a longer wheelbase.
Then there are the car’s many engine options. Base S and SE models come standard with a 2.5-liter that’s rated at 175 horsepower, while the SE is also available with turbocharged 1.6-liter 178-horsepower and 2.0-liter 240-horsepower engines. All come with a six-speed automatic transmission, though the 1.6-liter has a six-speed manual option. The top-of-the-line Fusion Titanium comes with the standard 2.0-liter and optional all-wheel drive.
The more powerful engines get about 30 highway mpg, but our pick, the Fusion Hybrid, gets a 47 city/47 highway rating — 15 percent better than the competition.
Spend almost any time in the new Fusion and you’ll fall in love. It has a nimble feel and provides an overall quiet, comfortable ride. It has proved to be not only the best midsize sedan, but one of the best cars of any kind.
Jim Prueter, an automotive writer based in Phoenix, has provided reviews and advice about cars, driving, safety, and transportation for more than 20 years.