Used Car: 2013 Ford Fusion Review
Car reviewers said the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion is a sharp-looking car with athletic performance and an inviting cabin.
The 2013 Ford Fusion comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, and there are two available turbocharged four-cylinder engines (1.6- and 2.0-liters). Most reviewers agreed that either of the turbocharged engines has sufficient power. A few critics said that Fusions with the 2.0-liter engine don't feel as peppy as they could. An automatic transmission is standard, and a manual is available on models with the 1.6-liter turbo four. All-wheel drive is available on models with the 2.0-liter engine, making the Fusion one of the few cars in the class to offer all-wheel drive. A base 2013 Fusion earns an EPA-estimated 22/34 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. Those with the 1.6-liter engine are the most fuel-efficient in the Fusion lineup, at 23/36 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Reviewers said the Fusion's handling is lively and athletic, with controlled body motions and sharp steering. A few cautioned that the Fusion has a firm ride that doesn't absorb all road bumps.
Most reviewers agreed that the 2013 Ford Fusion has plenty of interior space and comfort in both the front and back seats, as well as upscale materials and an attractive design. A few reviewers thought the design and materials are bland, however. Standard features include MyKey, which allows parents to limit some aspects of the car’s performance and audio system for teen drivers, and SYNC, which includes Bluetooth and a USB port and enables you to use voice commands for some audio and phone functions. Optional features when the Fusion was new include navigation, satellite radio, the MyFord Touch infotainment system, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, lane keeping alert, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control. Many reviewers complained that MyFord Touch is confusing and buggy. The Fusion's trunk space is typical for the class.
The Ford Fusion was the 2013 U.S. News Best Midsize Car for the Money and the 2013 U.S. News Best Midsize Car for Families.
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers praised the 2013 Toyota Camry’s spacious, comfortable interior, and they said it has a comfortable ride. The Camry also has a very good reliability rating, and it gets good fuel economy for the class.
The 2013 Honda Accord was also redesigned for 2013, and unlike the Fusion, it is available with a V6 engine, which drew praise for its ample power. Reviewers also liked the Accord's upscale and spacious interior.