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2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Gets EPA-Approved 47MPG All-Round

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After taking part in a rather unusual fuel-economy test for its non-hybrid 2013 Fusion EcoBoost, Ford has announced its 2013 Fusion Hybrid has just been awarded its official gas mileage ratings by the EPA.

Just like the 2013 C-Max Hybrid, the 2013 Fusion Hybrid has been rated at 47 mpg highway, 47 mpg city, and 47 mpg combined. 

That’s hardly surprising, since the two cars share the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, Atkinson cycle engine, lithium-ion battery pack and hybrid drivetrain.

On paper, the official EPA figures put the mid-size sedan slightly behind the venerable 2012 Toyota Prius in the gas mileage ranking, but ahead of the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid by 8mpg highway and 4 mpg city. 

It is, Ford claims, the most efficient midsize hybrid sedan to date. 

Because the 2013 Fusion Hybrid shares the same engine and drivetrain as the 2013 C-Max Hybrid, it also shares the same operational modes. 

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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That means it can drive at up to 62 mph in all-electric mode, while an automatic grille shutter can activate at higher speeds in cooler weather to reduce engine-bay drag, making the car more aerodynamic.

Like its non-hybrid siblings, the 2013 Fusion Hybrid comes with the usual choices of trim and technology, including adaptive cruise control, active park assist, lane-keeping system, and blind spot warning system.

Starting at an MSRP of $27,200, the 2013 Fusion Hybrid is substantially more expensive than the $21,700 base level Fusion. 

However, it is clearly designed to compete directly with the 2012 Prius Liftback, priced somewhere between the $25,565 Prius Three and $28,235 Prius Four.

The 2013 Fusion Hybrid will go on sale this fall, followed some time early next year by the 2013 Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid, a car Ford claims will achieve a gas mileage of more than 100 mpge.

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  1. Pretty impressive. Well done Ford. It is a nice looking car to boot.
     
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  2. What is the sacrifice in performance to get that MPG?

    Fusion is a bigger and heavier car but it shares the same powertrain as C-Max. I imagine the performance will be significantly off or much worse than the Camry Hybrid...
     
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  3. We won't know until we see some side-by-side tests. The Camry Hybrid uses a 2.5l engine, NiMH battery and is showing total hybrid power of 200 hp. The Fusion uses a 2.0l engine, lithium battery and is likely going to have total hybrid power of 188 hp (based on C-Max numbers). So performance might not be so much different -- certainly not in the "significantly" or "much worse" range IMO.
     
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  4. C-Max is already pretty "uninspiring" in performance category. With a heavier chassis, I seriously doubt the Fusion Hybrid will be much more "spirited" than the C-Max...

    Again, Ford tunned the hybrids for "MPG" not for performance. If they put the 2.0L Ecoboost in the hybrid, it would have been a different beast...
     
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  5. I'm not sure what you're referring to in regards to "uninspiring" performance of the C-Max; all I've seen are first drive impressions, not measured performance or comparos. A souce for these comments would be appreciated.

    Ford's competitive set for the Fusion is undoubtedly Camry Hybrid, Accord Hybrid, Sonata Hybrid, any upcoming Altima Hybrid, and to a lesser extent Prius. The primary attribute these buyers are looking for is fuel economy. I think you can expect excellent drive dynamics from Ford, and I would think with 188 hp total on tap (more than the 1.6L EcoBoost), acceleration would be quite acceptable.

    But, as I said in my first post, we'll have to wait until we see some drive comparisons.
     
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  6. http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2013-ford-c-max-hybrid-first-drive-review-a-real-car-not-a-gadget-page-2

    C&D "estimate" its performance at 9.5 seconds in 0-60mph and 17 sec in 1/4 miles and a pretty hefty weight at 3,700 lbs...

    When I used the word "uninspiring", it meant that it was "designed to be sporty". Of course, it is WAY BETTER than a Prius in terms of handling, braking and acceleration feel. But it wasn't "tuned" for "sports"...
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  7. it meant that it was NOT "designed to be sporty".
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  8. @Xiaolong, ahhh, ok, now I see the problem. I am comparing to the competitive set, but you are wondering about a hybrid that uses the electric capability to enhance sporty characteristics.

    I think I can say that, in general, vehicles that have used hybrid capability just to enance acceleration but without a huge increase in mpg have gotten lost in the crowd and have not been successful. Too lazy to find supporting data, but I'm including first Accord hybrid and a Lexus or two and maybe a BMW.

    I think Ford is right to go for the mpg to make a statement on the capability of their Gen III system.

    Having said that.....I wonder what a 1.0l EcoBoost combined with hybrid would get in mpg. Like you I also wonder how a 2.0l EB would perform.
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  10. @Jessie Gurr,

    The Motortrend number is the first that I have seen. However I would like to point out that their article stated 8.2 sec in 0-60. But their performance data table showed 8.1 sec.

    Sure, that is way better than Prius. I think it also handles better and brakes better. But I was hoping Ford would come out with a "better" hybrid overall that gives better performance in "sports" mode and then better MPG in "Eco" mode...
     
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  11. Great job, Ford!
     
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  12. Very impressive, keep up the good work Ford.
     
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  13. And my wife just got a new Prius, what, six weeks ago...?!?! Can she have a mulligan? I couldn't get her to wait to even check this out but things look very good, Ford. I may not like the styling of the Prius at all, but it's about time that Toyota had a credible competitor and this kills the Camry Hybird mileage/emissionsand is close enough to the Prius' that Ford can actually sell this in decent numbers.
     
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  14. Automobile Magazine just posted their first drive impressions of the Fusion Hybrid:

    http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1209_2013_ford_fusion_hybrid/
     
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  15. Thanks for the link. But nothing in that article said anything about performance...

    I am still waiting for a real driving test...
     
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  16. That might take a month or two. And, I'm afraid, most of the enthusiast magazines will be only too happy to drive and report on the fun-to-drive 2.0l EcoBoost fully loaded Fusions that Ford will be only too happy to supply. The hybrid will be lucky to get a sidebar, so the specifics might come in bits and pieces.

    I do think there is a possibility of a comparo in one of the magazines, or CR, when the dust settles and we have 3 good (Fusion, Camry, Accord) and one OK (Sonata) mid sized hybrids available. But the Accord is introducing the PHEV first, and hybrid won't be available until next spring.
     
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