Ford Fusion Review
The 2013 Ford Fusion ranks 2 out of 20 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 15 published reviews and test drives of the Ford Fusion, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
Test drivers say that stand-out looks, lively handling and a roomy interior make the redesigned 2013 Fusion a great choice in its class.
Like other affordable midsize cars, the 2013 Ford Fusion no longer offers a six-cylinder engine. Instead, the Fusion offers three four-cylinder engines with a range of horsepower and fuel economy ratings. The base engine comes with an automatic transmission, the mid-level engine offers either a manual or automatic and the top engine is mated to an automatic and offers optional all-wheel drive. The mid-level 1.6-liter EcoBoost with the automatic is expected to be the high-volume model, and it gets 23/36 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Most auto critics drove the mid- and top-level EcoBoost engines, saying they deliver strong acceleration. Left Lane News writes, "Ford's 1.6 and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines were perfectly suited along Mulholland Highway and Topanga Canyon Roads, where grades of 8 percent were the norm. We never felt underpowered in either when climbing hills or passing slower traffic." Reviewers consider the Fusion one of the sportier handlers in the class, and they like the added traction the available all-wheel drive provides. The Fusion also has one of the highest reliability ratings in its class.
The Ford Fusion is the 2013 Best Midsize Car for the Money because it has the best combination of ownership costs and positive reviews in its class. The Fusion is also the 2013 Best Midsize Car for Families because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.
Inside, reviewers think the 2013 Fusion is spacious and comfortable. Several are impressed with the depth of the trunk, but a few wish it was wider. The Fusion’s upscale materials are well-liked by auto critics, but some think the design and color palette are bland. The Fusion gets dinged for its infotainment systems, Sync with MyFord and MyFord Touch. Complaints include too many buttons, buttons that are too small, counterintuitive navigation directions and confusing menus. Standard features on the 2013 Fusion include voice-activated Sync with MyFord, an auxiliary audio jack, post-crash alert and MyKey. The Fusion can be equipped with features like navigation, satellite and HD radio, Sync with MyFord Touch, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, active park assist, a rearview camera, back-up sensors and rain-sensing wipers. The Fusion also offers several high-tech safety features, like blind spot monitoring, a lane keeping alert system, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.
- "Instead of just pushing the bar up in anticipation of the competition's next move, it has completely side-stepped the pack with a five-passenger sedan that is both really exciting to look at and genuinely fun to drive. The all-new 2013 Fusion possesses authentic European dynamics, class-leading technological innovation and mold-breaking stylish flair." -- Autoblog
- "Good looks, performance and quality make the Fusion more of a contender than ever, although a fully loaded Titanium model can come with a rather cheeky price tag. Stick with a modestly-optioned Fusion SE and you'll find what we figure is the sweet spot of this awfully impressive lineup. If this isn't 2013's most-improved new car, we're not sure what is." -- Left Lane News
- "With solid power, more refinement and top fuel economy, the 2013 Fusion could take Ford to the top of the midsize sedan class." -- Edmunds
- "When you combine the beautiful appearance, smart interior and engaging driving experience with the fuel efficiency and practicality Ford's achieved, the Fusion stands tall as the best car in class. No doubt it is a winner and one that will receive universal praise. … Simply put, if you are in the market for a midsize sedan and you don't buy the Fusion, you are an idiot. And I judge you. I judge you harshly." -- Jalopnik
Other Cars to Consider
The Nissan Altima was also redesigned for 2013, and auto critics think it combines family-car practicality with sporty, fun performance. Unlike the Fusion, the Altima offers a 270-horsepower V6, which is more than what the most powerful EcoBoost in the Fusion makes. The Fusion stands out with optional all-wheel drive, which is not available on the Altima, but if fuel economy is a top concern, the Altima is the better choice.
Like the Altima and Fusion, the Honda Accord is all-new for 2013. Reviewers like its extensive powertrain lineup and high-quality, spacious cabin, though they don’t think it’s as fun to drive as the Fusion. Similar to the Altima, the Accord has a powerful V6 engine option, but no all-wheel drive option.
Details: 2013 Ford Fusion
The 2013 Fusion is fully redesigned and available in three trims: S, SE and Titanium. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid are reviewed separately. The Fusion offers three four-cylinder engines, two of which are Ford’s EcoBoost engines. All-wheel drive is available on the Titanium model. The base S trim has a six-speed automatic, the mid-level SE trim has either a six-speed auto or manual and the top Titanium trim has a six-speed auto with paddle shifters.
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