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SANTA MONICA, CALIF. Motor Company has a vast of models, most of them redone over the past or two, but as impressive as all of them they must fall in behind the 2013 Ford the new halo vehicle for the whole

There are those who claim the new might be the most stylish new car turned out in Detroit, and while and beauty are definitely subjective, finding fault with the new looks are welcome to raise hand. The grille and front end the exotic Aston Martin; the rear window and “C” pillars into its tail similar to a Audi A7 sports sedan; and the offers a thoroughly modern not unlike an Acura TL of a previous That’s a pretty impressive hat from which to draw

For 2013, Fusion comes various 4-cylinder engines, EcoBoost 1.6 and 2.0, and two hybrids.

not only brings them appealing factors together, and the Fusion with enough and features that its captivating almost become secondary. new engines and not a V6 among them up residence under the Fusion and carry their share of the with the largest of the four the most docile, with such as turbocharging, new hybrid all-wheel drive, plus transmissions, are all available.

The Fusion has carved a solid position in the category, which is more than ever, with new of the Honda Accord, Nissan and Chevrolet Malibu, with to come, plus stalwarts the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Kia Optima, and Volkswagen Passat in the last year or two. But the new lives up to nearly a full of pre-introduction hype and hits the well-prepared for the battles ahead.

of journalists were brought to Los and delivered up the coast to the Casa del a fancy resort hotel opens out onto Santa legendary beach. Actually, our stop was three blocks up the where we saw a fleet of Fusions awaiting us. It was the first time seen the car except on static at all of this past year’s shows and other major events.

But these were ready to and they were all hybrids.

In the scheme of things, a group of engines gain appreciably the emergence of EcoBoost technology, is turbocharging smaller engines to them respond like engines when prodded, but smaller-engine fuel efficiency. The car has engines with displacement from 1.6 liters, to 2.0, and up to Ironically, the 2.5 is the largest, but with no and no hybrid boost it is the least although it can still attain 175 and an identical 175 foot-pounds of torque solid numbers in the midst of the

Rear of the 2013 Fusion be common view on California roads.

The 2.5 is the standard engine in the “S” model Fusion, which has EPA economy estimates of 22 city, 34 and starts at a base price of The SE is next, with a base at $23,700, with the SE Hybrid at $27,200, and the top of the line Titanium at $30,200.

Ford has set it up so buyers can optional engines and features the option list in any model. The SE strong with an amazing 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, EcoBoost being Ford’s for its direct-injection and turbocharged technology. The pushes the little 1.6 to 178 horsepower at RPMs, with a 184-foot-pound of torque at a mere 2,500 and EPA estimate of 22-34 miles per

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4 has similar EPA (22 city, 33 highway), but kicks the up to 240 horses at 5,500 RPMs and 270 of torque at 3,000 revs. offers two numbers for both 4s, suggesting that if owners to use regular fuel the horsepower in the 1.6 is from 178 to 171, and in the 2.0 it drops 240 to 231. Premium fuel makes the engine perform a bit but it’s breakthrough engineering to an engine that will run on regular fuel, which can be at 20 cents or more under and, at nearly $4 per gallon, can a large difference at fill-up

The Fusion is 191.8 inches on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, with a of only 58.2 and a width of inches. It will seat but four are much more with rearseat headroom of inches, and legroom of 38.3. volume is 16 cubic feet, and passenger volume is 102.8 feet.

The car weighs from to 3,681 pounds depending on the and it’s one of those contemporary cars that make you why anything larger is necessary.

The engines were still us on the twisting mountain roads up the mountains from the Santa shoreline, but first, we were into driving the hybrid, and it was a different animal.

The Fusion starts with a 2.0 that has the displacement as the other Fusion 2.0 but is revised with the Atkinson-cycle timing which holds the open longer to promote complete burning of the fuel-air That drops the engine’s to 141 horsepower with 129 foot-pounds of which is still an improvement the previous 2.5 used in the current Hybrid. Ford had adopted the lithium-ion battery pack, is about 25 percent smaller and 50 lighter than the old Fusion battery layout, but it gains and holds a charge longer.

Hybrid looks the same as various models of restyled sedan.

Combining the two gives the Hybrid 188 horsepower, and it gives the car the to drive up to 62 miles per hour on power, up from a maximum of 47 mph the previous power combination. The new Hybrid also has EPA estimates of 47 per gallon for both city and driving, which, Ford points out, is 4 mpg better the Toyota Camry Hybrid in driving, and 8 mpg better in highway

I drove the Fusion Hybrid a planned course, along the beach briefly, then around into the city. It was a loop, and I had carefully zeroed the but after my drive the computer only 39 mpg, and I knew I had more delicately than Sure enough, the mpg computer been zeroed, just the So we located another screen vertical bars in 15-minute Whoever had been driving must have been one of “traditional” media types who on driving hybrids as hard as drive normal engines to performance, while ignoring economy.

I prefer to drive a vehicle the way intended, and my driving included the two vertical bars, which 60 mpg.

Power and pep were than sufficient, and the Fusion its city driving easily. key ingredient of the best hybrids is the use of braking, which uses its from decelerating to brake the car also recharging its battery Ford engineer Greg rode with me, and noticed I came around a turn and a red light that I stopped abruptly. He explained that, you can anticipate a stop, it’s to tap the brakes quite firmly away, then ride the pedal lightly while to slow to a stop. Sure another screen displayed a grade, and the closer to 100 the more you’re saving and.

I hit 96 on a of 100 with one try, and after my dipped down to 70 or 80 on other I finally made a perfect that graded a 100.

The one combination not ready to be driven yet is plug-in hybrid, which to another level, allowing a to reach a full charge, extends the distance you can drive on power, before the gas engine to kick in to help recharge. one, Ford claims, can hit 100 per gallon. That way, wouldn’t have to settle for 60 mpg.

Next day, Davis, Ford’s executive of engineering, said: “Yesterday was all fuel economy, today is all performance.” With that, we for the hills, with the chance to both the 2.0 EcoBoost and 1.6 EcoBoost of the new Fusion.

All-new interior large touchscreen for numerous controls.

As a confirmed driver who prefers any transmission to offer steering-wheel I was tipped that going up the roads would be the better to try the loaded Fusion Titanium all the interior options, plus the 2.0 the 6-speed SelectShift with and all-wheel drive. Davis had me to confirm that he could in the back seat with my partner and me, which was excellent, he’s a good source of We picked out our car were ready to be one of the ones away, and then we but Davis had vanished.

By the time an of his notified us that he had left another journalist, we were to leave.

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No matter. We thoroughly the drive, noting particularly the interior while driving, and the handling around the tightest with seemingly infinite of power underfoot. I paddle-shifted the down to fourth for most of the way up, to third in the tighter corners, and the was the perfect sports sedan.

remarkable how far Ford has taken 4-cylinder, which began being supplied by Mazda for the Focus back in the days Mazda was an affiliate.

We got to our driver point and found Davis. I out he had made my column, and he sheepishly to join us for the drive to lunch. I out the continued nuisance of Ford’s turn signal, which on returning to its neutral position, me to click it again to reaffirm, cancels the turn signal.

Our new was the overdone SYNC/My Ford electronics, coordinated by Sony, trades decent ergonomics for complexity. It offers a very screen to the left of the speedometer a window showing your and trip-meter, as well as fuel and an LED tachometer but not all at once. Repeatedly I click it to check fuel only to have my co-driver, the course directions, ask what my was reading so we didn’t miss a I couldn’t tell him until I a few times to get back to the proper

In the old days, it was possible to see the speedometer, gauge, tachometer, AND odometer/trip all at the same time.

When my agreed with my humble we had Davis cornered, but the Titanium all that was expected and then Davis pointed out that two points in designing the car were to use two European benchmarks. “We wanted the to feel better than a BMW and we wanted it to ride quieter an Audi A6,” he said, and we had to that those quite-lofty had been realized.

Davis us at the lunch stop; no hard because he deserved a less-sarcastic back. Don Ufford, who has the title of engineer, vehicle engineering” at rode with us on our return in a tuxedo black SE with a EcoBoost and a 6-speed manual This one was front-wheel drive, and the was interesting.

First of all, the from the little 1.6, and the stick properly distributed power to the front wheels. we never really thought the morning car being AWD, it did remarkably planted, as though on rails, as we swept through the turns. However, while the wasn’t as potent, the lighter FWD felt even more because of that lightness, it seem as though you could it through the turns with quickness.

Ufford, who travels the these days overseeing all of engineering plans and execution, how I liked the electric steering, and I had to it was perhaps the best electric I’ve felt on a car. when companies switch hydraulic to electric steering, the is a twitchy response that linear feel and instead from no feeling to too much boost.

That makes the and cornering unpredictably imbalanced, but the has no such feeling. In fact, I Ufford that if he hadn’t I might not have guessed it was steering from the precise it delivers. He said that’s Ford went at electric years ago, and has worked to improve and refine it to this

When I yielded the steering to my co-driver, I suggested Ufford ride in front, so I could out the rear seat, which to be more than adequate, and Taurus-like, for headroom and legroom.

said that the center is something Ford and its Sony have worked on, but there are different screens available, differing levels of complexity, owners a choice. There are significant choices. The option shows a $295 stop-start which shuts off the engine at stops, such as a stoplight, seamlessly starts the engine up when you take your off the brake.

Estimates are that savings will pay for the device in than 18 months.

The reason the drive system felt so is that Ford engineers it for cornering control, similar to rather than a traction-only Of course, it would be a great in winter driving states as Active park assist, Ford has perfected better any competitor, is available, as is lane-keeping ambient lighting, adaptive control with a collision-warning that adds brake and a side blind-spot alert cars move up alongside.

on choice of Fusion model, seating, heated seats, entry and start, remote power lumbar support outside mirrors, and SYNC’s controls are also available.

It that Ford left off the feature or option lists for the It’s possible other cars have many of same features, but the Fusion has all of as well as features not found on sedans costing twice as

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