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The revamped Fusion a litany of engine options to go its comfortable ride, engaging and impressive mpg.

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Date: Fall

Price: $32,995

Powertrains: 2.5-liter 175 hp, 175 lb-ft; 1.6-liter Turbocharged 178 hp, 184 lb-ft; 2.0-liter turbocharged 240 hp, 270 lb-ft; 2.0-liter I-4 hybrid, 188 system hp

EPA Fuel Economy 22/26 (I-4 2.5), (I-4 1.6, auto), (I-4 1.6, manual), (I-4 2.0), 22/31 2.0 AWD), 47/47 (hybrid)

New: Ford’s new Fusion is so redesigned and improved that few draw any similarities to the old one. The car is a looking more like it rolled off the auto stage in than came from It looks sporty and fresh and through the air with a Cd of only thanks to 450 hours of testing in the tunnel.

The new Fusion is built of European bones, specifically of the Ford Mondeo a car we don’t see on shores, but one that for the past years has garnered high across the pond for its handling and This Fusion, as well as the new uses a heavily redesigned of the previous Mondeo’s chassis. the MacPherson struts upfront been reworked, it’s the new multilink suspension that credit with building the Mondeo’s deft moves creating a ride quality can soak up the worst potholes in

Under that sculpted and behind that Aston grille is a wide selection of Entry-level cars will use the 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder. But Fusions will pack the 178-hp 1.6-liter Ecoboost or the more robust 240 hp 2.0-liter Unlike many in the midsize Ford chose an all-four-cylinder backed by six-speed transmissions of CVTs. That’s true for all the new except the hybrid model, uses a smaller 2.0-liter engine, a lighter and more 1.4 kwh lithium-ion battery pack, and a powerful electric motor combine to deliver an electric-only top of 62 mph and 47 mpg combined.

The non-hybrid Fusions from a number of fuel-economy such as optional aerodynamic shutters, electric power and auto start-stop, which up the highway mpg into the mid-30s for of the lineup.

The 2013 Fusion is roomier the outgoing car in nearly every except for trunk space, is down half a cubic to 16 cubic-feet. Legroom up front and in the has improved noticeably thanks to the wheelbase stretch. But thanks to front and rear overhangs the is a little more than an longer than its predecessor the wheelbase extension.

You can option the with a dizzying array of and luxury features that the domain of flagship luxury just a few years ago, lane departure warning lane keeping aid, park, adaptive cruise blind spot detection, and alert.

Tech Tidbit: offers automatic start-stop the that turns off your automatically while the car is at rest as a option on automatic transmission Fusions. Since the alternator support the electrical system climate control, headlights) the engine turns off at a stoplight, a has to handle these tasks in a with stop-start. The Fusion a new, 12-volt Absorbed Mat battery from Johnson which, Ford says, is durable than a conventional one for cycling, cold-weather operation, and loads.

Ford also beefed up the conventional starter to handle engine cycling and put in a DC-to-DC that helps maintain voltage when the engine is There’s an auxiliary water that in cooler weather maintain heat in the climate system when the engine off at a stoplight. Also, the transmission itself into the lowest prior to the engine shutoff so it will be ready for immediate

All of this means that equipped with the stop-start gain 2-mpg city cars without it.

Driving The previous Ford Fusion was one of the midsize sedans. But fun to drive? Not so The new car maintains the supple ride while improving on the older agility. The new car weighs about the but feels lighter.

That’s especially true for the cars paired to the six-speed The $26,040 1.6-liter Fusion SE 18-inch wheels we tested was an rider on the worst streets we find near Santa Calif. Yet once we began the car on the twisty roads high the Malibu coastline, it felt light on its feet, and even a ahem, German.

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These quite sport sedan but probably as close as any domestic midsize sedan has come All Fusions now use an electric power system, and we think it could be one of the systems on any midsize sedan.

The we drove is the lightest combination in the It weighs about 200 pounds than the 2.0-liter Ecoboost Though that 240-hp, engine makes the Fusion a machine, we prefer the handling of the 1.6-liter car.

The new hybrid felt just about as in the corners as its brethren despite its tires. Unlike most the Ford doesn’t require you give up driving fun for mpg. We that.

This is the midsize segment, so comfort matters, The front seats are supremely and supportive. It is a cocoonlike atmosphere with thick A-pillars. The coupelike profile means front windows do not provide the visibility.

Out back, there’s plenty of and legroom, but again, the rear pillars spoil the view for passengers.

Favorite Detail: A hybrid Fusion called the will arrive before the end of the and may be Ford’s answer to the Chevy Ford claims that it return more than 100 and more than 20 miles of driving on one charge.


Driver’s The Fusion SE’s infotainment is a study in minimalism. There’s a with just two knobs for and tuning. The problem is that the buttons are too few, too small, and too to navigate.

We repeatedly had to pull to figure out how to get back to the menu we or find the right command.

The Line: The new Ford Fusion is and dynamically an exciting midsize It clearly makes the outgoing car like a relic of the old Ford, a before the attractive and talented new and Focus arrived. For the first in a long while, there is of character in Ford’s car lineup, and of the three now combines engaging impressive mpg, and good

We’d like to see an even performance version of the Fusion one wearing an ST or SVT badge?

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