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2013 Ford Fusion continues to wow automotive world


2013 Ford Fusion continues to wow automotive world
The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion, shown here in “Ingot Silver Metallic,” is affordable sexiness that beckons to be driven.


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February 27, 2013
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The Ford Fusion’s trophy shelf must be a crowded place these days. That is because -- true to its name -- the 2013 rendition of Ford’s midsize sedan is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Green Car of the Year award from the Green Car Journal, the Autoweek Editor’s Choice winner for Best in Show at last year’s Detroit auto show, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick.

These kudos are not without merit. As far as being ecologically friendly, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified the 2013 Ford Fusion as America’s most fuel-efficient midsize sedan. The hybrid model of the Fusion has an EPA-certified 47-miles-per-gallon (mpg) fuel economy for both city and highway driving. This is 8 mpg highway/4 mpg city more than the Toyota Camry hybrid.

Fusion offers buyers two choices of hybrids -- one is the Fusion Energi plug-in model, with a projected 100-plus mpg. Hybrid versions of the Fusion can achieve 62 mph in electric mode, which is enhanced by active grille shutters that make the vehicle more aerodynamic at highway speeds.

Two, 4-cylinder EcoBoost gasoline engines, a 1.6-liter and a 2.0-liter, each of which also posts modest fuel economy numbers, also are available.

The new Fusion is safer than previous models, because Ford’s engineers have increased its body strength by 10 percent, using more high-strength materials, such as boron. There also are new dual, first-row knee airbags and adaptive front airbags that conform to an occupant’s size, position, and seat-belt usage.

But in addition to being a safety-minded fuel sipper, the 2013 Ford Fusion is very easy on the eyes. Its sleek new design, which also will be the architecture for the Ford Mondeo sold in overseas markets, is consistent with the ongoing One Ford initiative. The Fusion is a masterful blend of American affordability with European sexiness that is seen in vehicles such as the Maserati Quattroporte and the Aston Martin Rapide.

Thanks to a Nov. 29 test drive courtesy of Ancira Ford in Floresville, the Wilson County News was able to experience the new Fusion firsthand. The ergonomic interior is stuffed to the gills with all of the latest Ford technology, including a lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, and the MyFord Touch system with Microsoft SYNC that allows control of entertainment and climate control features via a full-color touch screen.

“The Fusion is a complete redesign from previous models,” said Ancira Ford Sales Manager Brandon Wood. “Innovative, sophisticated, and economical, it is definitely a step in the right direction for Ford’s future success.”

But the sexy sedan is far from all show and no go. Upon turning the key, it becomes apparent that a driver could spend a lot of time behind the wheel of the Fusion. The test-drive vehicle came outfitted with the 1.6-liter engine, which according to Ford is rated at 178 horsepower and 184 footpounds of torque. While acceleration does not pin the driver’s skull to the headrest, the power delivery from the six-speed automatic transmission was more than enough to propel the near-3,500-pound vehicle down the asphalt. Pedal response was immediate and the front and rear independent suspensions kept the optional 18-inch wheels firmly planted on even the most variable road surfaces.

All of this driving excitement comes at a reasonable price. Base models of the Fusion have a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $21,700. Our nicely equipped SE-model tester had a total MSRP of $25,680.
 

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