In a segment littered with utilitarian choices, the 2013 Ford Fusion is a competitive family sedan that makes a bold fashion statement.
This report was filed by New Car Test Drive correspondent Laura Burstein from Santa Monica, California.
Model Line Overview
Ford Fusion S ($21,700); SE ($23,700); Titanium ($30,200); Hybrid ($27,200)
2.5-liter I4; turbocharged 1.6-liter I4; turbocharged 2.0-liter I4; 2.0-liter I4 with electric motor
6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):
antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, front knee airbags and side curtain airbags, emergency crash notification
Safety equipment (optional):
blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and a lane keeping assist; all-wheel drive
3 years/36,000 miles
Flat Rock, Michigan; Hermosillo, Mexico
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
2013 Ford Fusion SE ($23,700)
eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar, rear air vents, a rear fold-down armrest, an enhanced audio display, satellite radio capability, heated mirrors, a keyless entry keypad and17-inch alloy wheels.
Options as tested (MSRP):
Luxury Package ($2,300) includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver memory settings, power-reclining passenger seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror; Technology package ($1,000) includes dual-zone automatic climate control, MyFord Touch interface, two USB ports, rearview camera; automatic start-stop ($295); reverse sensing system ($295); voice-activated navigation ($795)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
178 @ 5700
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
184 @ 2500
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
16.0 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar
Independent multilink with stabilizer bar
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of September 14, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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