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First Look: 2013 Ford Fusion

Green  /   /  By Derek Mau

With its sleek new design, the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion marks the arrival of the next generation of Ford vehicles that continue to evolve and advance.

In addition to its fresh face, the all-new Fusion offers the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the midsize car segment. It offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives, a pair of EcoBoost® four-cylinder engines, a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine, front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive applications, and a choice between automatic and manually shifted six-speed transmissions.


Type 2.5-liter inline fourcylinder 1.6-liter EcoBoost
inline four-cylinder
2.0-liter EcoBoost
inline four-cylinder
Valvetrain DOHC, four valves
per cylinder, intake
variable camshaft
DOHC, four valves
per cylinder, intake
variable camshaft
DOHC, four valves
per cylinder, intake
variable camshaft
Horsepower 170 (projected) 179 (projected) 237(projected)
Torque (est.) 170 lb.-ft.
172 lb.-ft.
250 lb.-ft.
Fuel Injection Sequential multiport
Direct gasoline
Direct gasoline
Fuel Economy 22 mpg city, 33 mpg hwy 26 mpg city, 37 mpg hwy 23 mpg city, 33 mpg hwy


Type 6-speed Automatic 6-speed automatic/6-speed manual SelectShift automatic

Three distinct trims will be available  – S, SE, Titanium – with an MSRP starting at $21,700.

Did you know?
Fusion’s expected fuel efficiency of up to 37 mpg highway when equipped with the EcoBoost 1.6-liter four cylinder engine matches the Chevrolet Malibu mild hybrid and bests competing four-cylinder offerings from both Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. And Fusion has more interior space than Camry

On sale this fall, Fusion offers consumers seven must-have technologies, including a Lane-Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, active park assist and MyFord Touch®.

The new Fusion is the first vehicle from Ford’s new global CD platform. An all-new Mondeo for Europe and Asia will be introduced later this year and is scheduled to start arriving in dealerships next year. By 2015, more than 10 new products from this platform will account for approximately 1 million global vehicles each year.

2013 Ford Fusion Energi

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid / Energi

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid aiming to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in America. Arriving this fall, Fusion Energi is projected to deliver more miles per gallon equivalent than the Chevrolet Volt or Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.

Fusion Energi is anticipated to deliver more than 100 MPGe, making it the most fuel efficient midsize car in America.

Miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) is used to compare energy consumption of  alternative powered vehicles like Fusion Energi. MPGe tells how much gasoline and how much electricity would be used to generate an equal amount of power.

One gallon of gasoline equals 33 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

The redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid delivers better fuel efficiency than either the Toyota Camry Hybrid or Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The technology powering Fusion Hybrid has already proven itself in millions of miles of tough driving by California taxi fleets.

Projected fuel economy numbers for the Fusion Hybrid are 47 mpg city, 44 mpg highway.


Engine Type 2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder, Atkinson cycle
Valvetrain DOHC, four valves per cylinder, intake variable camshaft timing (iVCT)
Horsepower 141 (projected)
Torque (est.) 129 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm (projected)
Total System Power 188 hp @ 71 mph net (projected)
Fuel Injection Sequential multiport Electronic
Transmission 188 hp @ 71 mph net (projected)
Electric Motor/Generator Permanent magnet AC synchronous motor
Battery Type Lithium-Ion

Did you know?

Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) enables active park assist and contributes to energy savings by reducing load on the powertrain

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2013 Ford Fusion, a set on Flickr.

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  1. John McClain August 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm Reply

    I own a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and the only reason I did not buy the Fusion Hybrid is because of the warranty….this definately needs to change before I would be interested!

    • Derek Mau August 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, John.

      • Mileater October 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm Reply

        Good luck with the Hyundai warranty, they do not honor their warranty. I inherited a Hyundai Sonata with bumper to bumper warranty and Hyundai would not even look at the car without me agreeing to pay for it. They wanted money before they even looked at it. I had so many error and check engine lights on the dash that it looked like crap.
        Hyundai does not honor their warranty. Their mpg ratings are also exaggerated. I was lucky to get 21 mpg. With GM’s, I always get more than rated. With GM, bumper to bumper warranty, means bumper to bumper.

  2. Ron Witmer August 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm Reply

    What is the range in the electric mode for the plug in Hybrid before the gas engine takes over?

    • Derek Mau August 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm Reply

      @Ron – I looked at the spec sheets for the Fusion Hybrid and Energi models. Ford does not list the cruising range for EV only mode. IF the Fusion Energi hybrid system works similarly to the Toyota hybrid systems, the driver would have to drive at a snail’s pace in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Too much accelerator pedal and the gas motor kicks in to meet the demands of your foot.

      • Darke Retribution August 14, 2012 at 10:09 am Reply

        That is not true… It if BETTER than the Toyota system. The Fusion Energi will be able to go at speeds over 62 mph in electric only mode…that’s more than enough for any of the street limits in America and that’s edging into highway speeds.

        • Derek Mau August 14, 2012 at 10:22 am Reply

          @Darke Retribution – good point. I’ll be sure to test the speed of Fusion Energi when in EV-only mode when I get some real drive-time with the car.

  3. HemiDon August 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm Reply

    I drove one of these on the expressway and it really handles good, I an going to get a ST when that model gets here.

    • Derek Mau August 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm Reply

      @HemiDon – good to hear you like how the new Fusion rides. We won’t ask you how the car feels at above-legal speeds :^)

  4. WILL August 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm Reply

    This is a great car ford is going to sell a lot and I mean a lot of this they look great inside and out plus the different motors and options other cars don’t have, Ford did a great job.

  5. Marios August 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm Reply

    It has a nice design!

    • derek August 11, 2012 at 6:42 am Reply

      And it looks even better when up close and personal. Ford is doing a good job of stepping up their game and offering a good variety of drivetrains.

  6. Joe Stephens August 11, 2012 at 7:21 am Reply

    When will they be on the market and at what price. I have a 2011 at the present time with 14 thousand miles on it.

    • derek August 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm Reply

      @Joe – the 2013 Fusion will begin arriving in dealership fall 2012. Pricing has not been announced, but is speculating the price for the the base Fusion S will start at $22,495; stepping up to the SE is an additional $2,000 at $24,490. At the top of the Fusion price list, of course, rests the Titanium, which offers a lot of the optional stuff standard for $30,995. It’s also the only way to get all-wheel drive, which will set you back $32,995.

  7. larry August 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm Reply

    want 1

  8. james August 12, 2012 at 9:12 am Reply

    The GAS milage is not good enough,for this type of Ford Fusion,they can do better than 44 highway… IF THIS CAR CAN’T GET 60 MP G ,it is not worth the price! FORD CAN DO BETTER.

    • Derek Mau August 13, 2012 at 5:25 am Reply

      Creating a car that gets 60 mpg is possible, but the technology getting to that goal would be cost prohibitive. Yes, Ford can do better, but it would not be affordable to very many people.

  9. Felix Ramirez August 13, 2012 at 8:09 am Reply

    Is it just me or does the new Ford Fusion look like the Jaguar XF/XJ series!?! I can’t wait for the Fusion to go on sale. I would certainly check it out.

    • Derek Mau August 13, 2012 at 10:52 am Reply

      Ian Callum, who is the design director for Jaguar, was also the main influence behind the Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish. So, the new Jaguars carry some design cues from the Aston Martin cars. I guess the Ford design team liked Callum’s work enough to incorporate it into the new Fusion.

  10. Robin L. Russell August 14, 2012 at 4:41 am Reply

    I have learned about the fusion through television. I have wanted the fusion since they first
    came out. I am disabled and would love to drive the fusion for going grocery shopping. Dr. visits and just having the piece of mind in the Focus to go where I need to go. Right now I am
    driving a 1994 Pontiac Sunbird with no A/C no cruise control and only has front breaks. The doors are so rusted they are about to fall out. Please help me to enter this contest.

    Thank you,
    Robin Russell

  11. carlos August 15, 2012 at 4:46 am Reply

    eu quero um desses

    • Derek Mau August 15, 2012 at 7:35 am Reply

      Portuguese translation according to Bing: “I want one of those”

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