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MSRP: $21,900 - $32,200
Invoice: $20,422 - $29,705
MPG: 22 City / 34 Hwy
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2013 Ford Fusion Interior

Many reviewers like the 2013 Fusion’s interior materials, saying they’re somewhat upscale for the class, but some think the design is too plain and the matte grey palette is boring.

  • "The interior design is a lot less splashy than the exterior, though, with gloss black trim accented with plenty of matte grays. Soft-touch areas are there where you want them, and the materials quality is consistent if hardly extravagant." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Thankfully (as being in Malibu I witnessed enough plastic to last a lifetime) the use of plastic in the interior is relatively minimal. The interior feels fresh and modern. Comfortable with a hint of sportiness." -- Jalopnik
  • "Inside, the Fusion is noticeably less dramatic. There's a monotone uniformity about the cabin, with even the center stack lookin like a slab of matte-gray plastic." -- AutoGuide.com
  • "Soft touch materials on the doors, dashboard and center console class up the joint." -- Left Lane News
  • "The dashboard and center stack are fairly uncluttered and tastefully designed, without looking trendy or awkward with pitifully rendered faux wood." -- Inside Line

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Seating

Cloth seats are standard on the base Fusion, and eco-friendly cloth seats and leather-trimmed seats are available on higher trim levels. A 10-way power-adjustable driver seat is standard on SE and Titanium trims. Heated front seats can be added on SE trims and are standard on Titanium models. The automotive press is happy with the Fusion’s supportive, comfortable seats. They agree that the back seat is spacious, despite the sloping roofline.

  • "Seating is comfortable, with good support, and vision is adequate if not fantastic. Despite the swooping headline of the new Fusion, the rear seats have solid head- and legroom, although again, not class-leading." -- Jalopnik
  • "Supportive front seats proved comfortable, but it was the surprisingly spacious rear seat that impressed us the most, even if the sharp roofline does hamper ingress and egress." -- Left Lane News
  • "Both the fabric and leather seats I tested felt significantly firm but offered good support. After two hours of solid driving, my thirty-something back was feeling sore. My twenty-something co-driver had no back issues even after four hours of driving." -- Cars.com
  • "Overall, the Fusion came across as a very comfortable car to both sit in - which we did half the time - and drive - which we did the other half. There was room both front and back and the side bolsters on both the sport seats and the regular seats were surprisingly comfortable." -- AutoWeek

Interior Features

The 2013 Ford Fusion comes standard with voice-controlled Sync with MyFord, which includes Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, 911 Assist (which can call emergency responders) and a feature that reads incoming text messages over the speakers while you’re driving. Also standard are an auxiliary audio jack, post-crash alert (which flashes the hazard lights and sounds the horn in the event of an accident), MyKey (which lets parents set limits for young drivers) and eight airbags, including a driver and front passenger knee airbag. The 2013 Fusion can be equipped with features like adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, active park assist, a rearview camera, back-up sensors, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot monitoring and a lane keeping alert system. Available tech features include HD Radio, navigation, satellite radio, Sync with MyFord Touch, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, push-button start, a moonroof, a 110-volt household plug and dual-zone automatic climate control.   

The majority of reviewers think the Fusion’s MyFord Touch infotainment system is confusing and difficult to use. One says the navigation took longer than expected to help him reach his destination, and another says the Sync with MyFord system was so counterintuitive that he had to pull the car off the road to navigate through the menus. Several critics also think there are not enough buttons on the touch screen and that they are too little, making the system hard to use. This reviewer complaint was also reported on models without the touch screen. A bright spot for test drivers is that they think the volume and tuning audio knobs are big and easier to use.

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  • "The Fusion SE's infotainment system is a study in minimalism. There's a touchscreen with just two knobs for volume and tuning. The problem is that the touchscreen's buttons are too few, too small, and too confusing to navigate. We repeatedly had to pull over to figure out how to get back to the menu we wanted or find the right command." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "And unless you're an audiophile, the base audio system with standard Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio and iPod integration via USB will prove entirely sufficient." -- Inside Line
  • "The main issue for shoppers will be the ergonomics - and not just of the optional MyFord Touch system. Even the base console, which has physical buttons, sports dozens of them. And they're small. … Luckily, knobs for stereo volume and tuning are large, and the small LCD screen and menus are straightforward." -- Cars.com
  • "MyFord Touch is still an unfortunate mess. It doesn't work terribly well, nor does Sync. It took myself and my video producer 20 minutes to get the system to lead us to a Panda Express." -- AutoGuide.com

Cargo

The 2013 Ford Fusion offers 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for the class. Auto critics like the spaciousness and depth of the Fusion’s trunk, but some wish it were a little wider to accommodate large items. One reviewer likes that there are several interior storage areas for smaller items.

  • "The Fusion's trunk is 16 cubic feet and gets most of the space from being deep, not wide, but there are small cutouts for golf clubs by either side of the lid opening." -- Cars.com
  • "As for trunk space it's a large 16 cu-ft. The area isn't overly wide, but it is incredibly deep." -- AutoGuide.com
  • "There are plenty of storage spaces throughout the cabin." -- Motor Trend
  • "The trunk was plenty huge, offering 16 cubic feet of space, or a little less than 12 with the hybrid battery back there." -- AutoWeek
Review Last Updated: 5/20/14

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