The midsize 2013 Ford Fusion sedan has received a lot of love from the motoring press for its bold new look and variety of powertrain options. Yet even though it was “revealed” back in January, Ford has not officially announced the fuel economy numbers…though the government’s fueleconomy.gov website mistakenly posted them live yesterday, enabling Car & Driver to pinpoint the 2013 Fusion’s MPG ratings…and they’re pretty damn good.
All The Numbers Are All Good
Arguably the most popular model will be the 2013 Ford Fusion with the 179 horsepower 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine. This motor will give drivers an EPA-estimated 25 city and 37 highway rating, among the best for a midsize sedan. The caveat? You have to opt for the six-speed manual transmission to get these numbers. The automatic transmission will net you 23 city and 36 highway, which is still very good.
Opting for the non-turbo 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine nets you just 170 horsepower and a 22/34 rating, while the 2.0 liter, 237 horsepower EcoBoost engine delivers a 22/33 rating with the automatic transmission. Add all-wheel drive, and the rating drops to 22/31. Still pretty good. These ratings also don’t reflect an optional start/stop system for the 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine.
How ‘Bout That Hybrid?
But the biggest news is the new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which will reportedly get a 47 city/47 highway rating, making it the third most-fuel efficient car for sale in America (behind the Prius and Prius C). That also matches Ford’s other dedicated hybrid vehicle, the C-Max. The plan appears to be to offer a hybrid that looks like a hybrid, as well as a hybrid that is a bit less…distinct. That will certainly draw more customers into the showroom, especially the young buyers Ford needs to appeal to.
Ford needs the new Fusion to be a hit, having lost nearly a full percentage point of market share in the last year. They have certainly set themselves up for success, and there is still a lot of positive buzz around the new Fusion. But it has been a while since the debut. Can Ford keep that good karma going?
Source: Car & Driver