A 1.6L I4 GTDI, six speed automatic with six speed Selectshift transmission and EcoBoost, (Ford’s version of eco-efficient power mixed with hybrid energy) can be found in the 2013 Fusion. There is a great deal more that is featured within this all-new re-styled and re-designed model than what is seen just under the hood.
During recent testing the Fusion's ride was very smooth and highly responsive in steering and braking. The acceleration was exceptionally good, as long as the driver does not slam on the gas (as opposed to depressing just the right way) - otherwise they might find this energy-conserving engine to have a bit of a delayed pick-up due to the EcoBoost engine and energy conserving properties of the vehicle.
Just last week there was mention of a few of the automaker's EcoBoost system (in the F150s) having problems with engine stall. Although the unit didn’t stall while at lights those within could feel the engine jerk when it went to idle down (to conserve energy) while at red lights. It was a noticeable enough ‘jump’ indicating Ford might want to continue to ‘fine tune’ the new Fusion’s EcoBoost in an effort to make it a smoother transition from regular to ‘power saving’ idle. For the week the Fusion achieved a combined 22.3 mpg during both city and highway driving.
The all new re-designed Fusion body is svelte and really puts the old model to shame. The front and even side of the vehicle possesses a Jaguar-esque design with more chiseled and aerodynamic body paneling. On the outside the vehicle looks like a luxury and both inside and out it is a premium full-sized vehicle.
Inside the contoured body wraps the driver and passenger in what can be described as a curved and plush leather upholstered cocoon. The cabin not only feels safe, secure, and comfortable, it truly does provide comfort to everyone seated both in the front and back. The seats are very roomy and the tested model included a luxury package with heated front seats.
In the back the seats are a 60/40 split fold rear seat and if the headrest is adjusted it folds mostly flat. The seats are easy to pull down by the simple lifting of a lever. However snapping the seats back into place was a little challenging. All of the head rests within the vehicle are comfortable and very simple to adjust.
The Fusion features one of the best and easiest to use telematic systems in the industry - Sync with My Ford Touch.The touchscreen LED is highly responsive while the entertainment console’s buttons are easy to depress. The navigation was very reliable and provided address entry acceptance and reliable directions 90 percent of the time, (which is a high accuracy rate). The system also features Sirius XM, voice recognition, Bluetooth and multiple 12V, USB and MP3 ports. The LED screen is made of an anti-glare material but it would still be good to have a slight hood over the screen.
The Fusion's tachometer and gauge clusters are very bright and easy to read even with sunglasses on . The vehicle is equipped with Hill Start Assist, Advancetrac, LATCH, a perimeter alarm, 360 sonar, rear view camera, emergency brake assist, integrated spotter mirrors, halogen headlamps, and an overall five star safety rating.
Final cost: $29,290 dollars
*NEW FOR 2014*
Ford will be releasing their Energi plug-in model, "it will feature a, "7.6 kW lithium-ion battery and electric motor with a gasoline engine. The battery provides enough power to operate in all-electric mode for commutes of an EPA-estimated range of up to 21 miles. When fully charged, the EPA-estimated gas plus electric driving range is 620 miles.** And to lessen any concern you may have about driving range, when the battery is depleted or more power is required, the vehicle functions as a traditional gas-electric hybrid. It also features a Regenerative Braking System, allowing it to capture most of the kinetic braking energy and store it for later use," per Ford Motors.