The car was unveiled to the world in the 2013 Detroit auto show and its dazzling looks stunned even jaded onlookers. The car looks like a mixture of a BMW and an Aston Martin with a wide grille, sleek wraparound headlights, strong horizontal lines and assertive creases. The car is a midsized sedan with room for five passengers and comes with a front-wheel drive system even though a person can opt for an all-wheel drive system.
There are many available powertrains with the 2013 Fusion with the plug-in hybrid, gasoline, and hybrid being most popular. In the previous generation Fusion, there was a V6 engine but that is now gone and it has been replaced by many four-cylinder alternatives. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter engine that makes 175 horsepower and it is the least efficient choice.
2013 brought with it more efficient engines including a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that produces 178 horsepower. There is also a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which can make 240 horsepower and this is the most powerful engine available. The car’s fuel efficiency is kept within range by use of efficient systems such as EcoBoost and electric power steering. The 1.6-liter engine with EcoBoost has an automatic start/stop mechanism. To keep the fuel consumption low, the car also has a reduced engine size.
The hybrids have 2-liter engines with electric motors and continuous variable transmissions which are controlled electronically. The hybrid can make 188 horsepower and has impressive fuel economy at 47 mpg both in the city and highway. The 1.6-liter gasoline engine is rated at 25/37 mpg while the 2.0-liter engine can do 22/33 mpg. The previous generation Fusion could do 22/34 mpg. The plug-in hybrid uses the same engine as the standard hybrid. However, it has a lithium-ion battery pack which is recharged using a 240- or 120-volt power outlet.
This car is classified as a midsized car but it feels cavernous. It has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor with five additional inches. The length of the whole body is just one inch longer than the previous version because the 2013 model uses shorter overhangs. The car is also an inch taller and wider than the previous one.
The car handles very well and it has a comfortable ride. It feels big when driving and its turning circle is quite wide. The circle is smaller than the one required by the previous version but it is still wide. The hybrid has a low, grumbly sound which might be a deal-breaker for some but it is not easily noticed by most people.
The car is equipped with many gadgets. The car has an advanced version of Sync and it also has a touchscreen that helps a driver to see the status of the car as well as do other things. The car has adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot detection, and other safety and comfort features. It also has parking assistance which is a feature previously reserved for high-end luxury vehicles. This feature can park the car without any steering input from the driver.