2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Tentatively Priced From $27,995

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One of the most anticipated cars of the year is the 2013 Ford Fusion, which will be attempting to cater to a much wider audience than the current model thanks to the introduction of three separate variants: regular gas, hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

While the plug-in hybrid, or Energi as Ford likes to call it, won’t be available at this year’s launch, the hybrid model will be.

Just as with the previous generation, Ford is hoping its 2013 Fusion Hybrid becomes a class-leader for fuel efficiency. It predicts gas mileage of 47 in the city and 44 mpg on the highway.

If Ford achieves these numbers, the car’s fuel economy stands to outperform those of both the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid (by 4 mpg city and 5 mpg highway) and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid by 12 mpg and 4 mpg, respectively.

Combined output from the new Fusion Hybrid’s 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and electric motor will be 180 horsepower.

That pretty much covers the few key specs Ford has released so far.

But, thanks to the launch of an online configurator for the 2013 Fusion lineup, we now have a sense of how much the cars will cost.

(Note that Ford says the listed prices and features are for survey purposes only and are subject to change.)

For the basic 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, you will be looking at a tentative starting price of $27,995.

That’s a bit steeper than the $25,990 starting price of the Camry Hybrid and the $25,850 sticker of the Sonata Hybrid, but you get one of the best-looking mid-size sedans on the market--along with a host of extras.

Some of the features mentioned, though not confirmed, include 17-inch aluminum wheels, SYNC with MyFord connectivity, two customizable LCD screens in the dash and a powered driver seat with 10-way adjustments and lumbar support.

In case you’re looking for a regular Fusion, prices start at just $22,495 though if you want the fuel saving stop-start feature (which comes standard as part of the Fusion Hybrid system), you’ll need to fork over an extra $295.


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Comments (6)
  1. The Fusion Hybrid and the Camry Hybrid will be some of the most compelling cars going in the next few years IMHO. Meat of the market sedans achieving 40+ mpg is just outstanding. And the reality is that they aren't even really trying that hard. Add bigger batteries, better eight saving materials, and even a plug such as Ford is doing in the case of the plug-in Energi edition of the Fusion, and you're looking at 100+ mpg. Brings a smile to my face!

  2. Meant to say "...better weight saving materials..." Mis-spelled words bring a frown to my face!

  3. John, although I might quiblle about your comment about the OEMs not "really trying that hard," I agree 100% with your overall comments and tone. Whichever car one likes, they're all credible options and the mileage/emissions improvement is respectable IMHO. That's why I think they deserve credit for the improvements and I think it shows they are trying.

    But again, it's great to have better options. If Ford reaches the numbers it claims, combined with the impressive styling, it will do extremely well.

  4. Right now, the Toyota is hard to beat. It's got proven technology and high reliability, although the Ford Fusion is no slouch. The Hyundai's hybrids are just not there yet and will need another generation or two to get it right. I don't understand why Ford doesn't price the Fusion Hybrid UNDER the Camry Hybrid to generate some real momentum.

  5. ZJohnny, you seem to enjoy criticizing the pricing of almost every EV and hybrid, but pricing doesn't occur in a vacuum. The Ford Fusion hybrid should get much better mileage and will certainly look much better than the Camry hybrid, so why shouldn't it be more expensive?

    It's not a contest to sell as many cars, it's about profitability. With margins averaging less than $600 for dealers for new cars, Ford should lower the price by $2,000 why exactly? So it can then lose lots on each sold?

    Yes, it'd be gerat if every hybrid were cheaper and EV, too, but not if it means selling at a loss. At least, not long term, IMHO, anyway.

  6. I think Ford is doing exactly what Toyota is doing with its plug-in Prius... They are both building a Plug-in SCAM. Neither can truly stay in EV mode and both will start the engine under real world acceleration... But I do think the Ford Fusion looks better than the Prius. If I have to choose, I will buy a Ford Fusion Plugin over Prius Plugin. But my personal favorite remains the Chevy Volt.

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