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2013 Ford Fusion test drive review

The Kansas City Automotive Examiner recently put the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion through its paces.
The Kansas City Automotive Examiner recently put the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion through its paces.Craig Hover - www.hovermotorco.com

The completely redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion is one of the most important new car launches of the year. This does not look like the typical midsized sedan. And with all the attention that Ford put into the development of this car, those looks aren’t deceiving.

Ford is serious about this new car. It will be the most expensive global car launch in the company’s history. And this is a global launch. The Fusion follows in the footsteps of the Focus, Fiesta, and C-Max as another vehicle that should be popular all over the world. In Europe, this new Fusion will be the new Mondeo sedan.

30-40 years ago, when you went to order a new car, you had tons of choices. But somewhere along the way, the options got pretty slim, and you were mostly choosing from a small pallet of colors and trims. The Fusion brings some of that customization back. You can pick from three trim levels, five different engines, and even nine wheel styles. It is available in front- or all-wheel-drive. They even offer a manual transmission! This car can be equipped anywhere from a nice rental car to a Lincoln killer, and all variations in between.

The Kansas City Automotive Examiner recently went to Buford, Ga., near Atlanta to try out a variety of factory-fresh 2013 Ford Fusions firsthand. We drove them through some very twisty country roads, and had a chance to compare them to the current Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima.

There were a lot of things to like on the 2013 Ford Fusion. We already mentioned the styling. It is hard to believe that this is the bread-and-butter Ford sedan. This is as good as it gets right now.

But it’s more than just a pretty face. The interior is particularly nice, with modern readouts, materials, and accoutrements throughout. On the top-of-the-line Titanium trim level, the pedals have a chrome surround that recalls premium cars like Cadillacs and high-end Pontiacs from the 1960s. And the leather seats on the non-Titanium models have a neat horizontal pleat pattern that also harkens back to yesteryear. An innovative noise-cancellation system is also available, which neutralizes undesirable engine and road noise via little speakers in the roof.

What does not remind you of days gone by are the four-cylinder powertrain choices and how they perform. The base engine is a 2.5-liter, 175-hp affair that is good for 34-mpg. For a little more gas mileage, you can move up to the 1.6-liter “Ecoboost” engine, which forces out 178-hp and 37-mpg. For the speed junkie, the Fusion is offered with a 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine that can only muster a “paltry” 33-mpg, but kicks out 240-hp. Or for the hyper-milers out there, a traditional hybrid is available with a 2.0-liter gas engine/battery combo, good for 141-hp and a class-leading 47-mpg. Finally, there will also be a plug-in hybrid version, which Ford claims will offer more than 100-mpge.

If you are a technophile, the Fusion delivers. The MyFord Touch runs through an eight inch screen in the middle of the dashboard, and serves as the interface for Ford Sync to help you integrate your phone, mp3 player, and other electronic devices. They also offer things like the Lane Keep Aid, which not only warns you when you drift out of your lane, but will actually take control of the car and ease you back into your own lane if you fail to do anything about it.

The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion is a good blend of classic style and modern technology. And even though it’s tough to break people of their buying habits, this car should be on the comparison list of every Camry and Accord buyer.

For a complete slideshow of the 2013 Ford Fusion, click this link.

For all the technical information about the 2013 Ford Fusion, visit Ford’s website.

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