2013 Ford Fusion: High-MPG Engines, Hybrid, Plug-In (Video)

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Now that we're back from the Detroit Auto Show, we can say with confidence that the two most important cars of the show were the 2013 Ford Fusion and the 2013 Dodge Dart.

The 2013 Fusion in particular got rave reviews for its styling--which blended elements of Audi A7 and even a hint of Aston-Martin sports car in the grille forms--and high hopes for the real-world gas mileage of its array of high-efficiency four-cylinder engines.

Crowds clustered around the many Fusions in the Ford display, and it's worth noting that the outgoing 2012 model had its best sales year ever, which should bode well for the redesigned Fusion coming this fall.

As before, the new Fusion offers a hybrid option, in this case with a smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with the company's own two-motor hybrid drive and a new lithium-ion battery pack.

That car may achieve as much as 47 mpg on the EPA combined cycle, though as always, we'll wait for the final figures to be released.

But there's also an even greener model, the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi, which is Ford's designation for their plug-in hybrid models (there's also a 2013 Ford C-Max Energi five-seat hatchback as well).

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The two highest-efficiency gasoline models will offer either a 179-horsepower 1.6-liter or beefy 237-hp 2.0-liter four, both of them with EcoBoost direct-injection and turbocharging technology. (Power output figures are estimated.)

There's also a base 170-hp, 2.5-liter four that's largely carried over from the current Fusion. It's the least powerful of the three, and likely to be fitted only to about 10 percent of the new cars, those that are the cheapest entry level models.

The 1.6-liter EcoBoost is likely to be the gas-mileage leader, and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost will generate enough power to substitute for the high-end V-6 model in the outgoing Fusion. That's the engine that powers the all-wheel drive model, for instance.

The new engines mean Ford will offer fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines in every vehicle it makes from mid-size sedans upwards, with the exception of its full-size sport utility vehicles. (Those vehicles may soon get the option, as will the Focus compact and Fiesta subcompact in future model years.)

The interior of the new Fusion is clean and less fussy than some of its smaller offerings, and of course it includes the latest iteration of the MyFordTouch voice control system as well as the well-known SYNC system for controlling infotainment gear.

For more information on the 2013 Ford Fusion, see our full details post.

And let us know what you think of the Fusion's styling. Does it work for you, or is it too adventurous?

Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.


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Comments (16)
  1. I love the Aston Martin look, I just wish the plug-in was all electric like the Volt at any speed...


  2. Very impressive fuel efficient vehicle. The hybrid has a fuel efficiency that is darn close to that of a Prius but looks that are more mainstream acceptable. Add in the similarly efficient Jetta Hybrid and all of a sudden, 2013 starts to look like the year of hybrid choice.

    If the plug-in Fusion gets better than 100 mpge, not only will it be rated higher than the Chevy Volt, it will actually be rated higher than the Nissan LEAF. That would surely cause some consternation.

    Has EPA released numbers on the plug-in Prius?

  3. @John Briggs...this is more an article pumping Fusion than anything else.

  4. Well, no doubt the author is genuinely excited about the 2013 Fusion based on what he has seen. However we will surely learn more once he has a chance to drive the vehicle as he is usually very frank about shortcomings in vehicles.

    Also, regarding mpg, the author can only go off of what the manufacturer is saying because there no other experience, personal, EPA or otherwise. But hopefully no one has forgotten the ridiculous Chevy Volt 230 mpg claim that ended up at 93 mpge. Let's hope Ford is not repeating that mistake.

  5. Plug-in Prius is 87 MPGe. Can the Plug-in Fusion really expect to beat 100 MPGe? Great engineering or Marketing BS? I suspect the latter.

  6. Ford will never catch up with Toyota...thasafact

  7. 'ow lafaye' Have you not compared the 2010 hybrid Fusion & 2011 vs the same camry hybrid? Compare those numbers... Yes, I realize that Ford's nick name of fix or repair daily was true in the past- consumer reports has very high marks on the fusion and the fusion hybrid which is a shocker for an american car.. 2012 camry beats (depending on model you get) city mpg 2012 fusion hybrid- but the 2013 will kick camry's tail- not to mention the far from exciting 2012 camry looks..and camry doesn't even offer a plugin version or at least they haven't discussed it publicly.

  8. Nothing new at Ford, just the same old disappointments, same old style that can get lost in a parking lot because it blends in with all the other cars in every way imaginable.

    It looks like a VW eBettle for me.

  9. well, an eBeetle is no-where the same as a mid-size focus- so you think the prius and leaf is better looking than the focus? I'd think you would want one of those over the fusion since you're an ebettle fan- check out vw's consumer report ratings.. The good thing is there are alternatives on the market for varying opinions! What do you think about the Tesla?

  10. "That car may achieve as much as 47 mpg on the EPA combined cycle, though as always, we'll wait for the final figures to be released."

    But you didn't wait.

  11. I am glad that a) they told us Ford's estimate and b) they told us that it was an estimate. The story is not interesting at all without this number.

  12. Ford says 47mpg, but in the OWN pictures of the dash, it reads only 39.9mpg.

    So, either there figures are a pipe dream or they should change their mpg
    to read 47mpg, not 39.9mpg. I can't wait to buy mine on a trade in, in
    white or flame blue AWD.

    I own a 2011 Ford Edge Limited and love it, but dream of a 2013 Fusion.

    That car drools class and looks and $$$$$.

  13. I have been itching to buy a Prius for months now, then today I saw the 2013 Fusion Hybrid. Oh my. I never, ever, thought I would say this. I may buy a Ford! The MPG is exactly what I was aiming for, and the horses are better to boot. The only thing that puts me off is that it is a Ford... a past of boring cars and uneven reliability to say the least. If Ford is up to the task of building a truly reliable car, this baby is going to put them light years ahead.

  14. My wife drives a 2010 fusion hybrid with 45000 miles. She drives it very gently and has averaged 44.6 mpg for the life of the car. The 2010 model has the 2.5 liter four cylinder engine with the hybrid electric motor. The 2013 fusion hybrid will have a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine with the hybrid electric motor. I for one believe the 47mpg gas mileage estimate. With the new model looks and upgraded interior, we will be shopping for a 2013 fusion hybrid.

  15. May wait for the Fusion instead of a Prius

  16. Would really like to see more American companies develope better fuel mileage cars, trucks, and SUVs. We have the long open roads and need higher standards from the EPA. Many are learning smaller more powerful engines with more gears can mean HUGE SAVINGS at the pump.

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