I wish Ford had chosen to not name the Ford Fusion the Ford Fusion. There just isn’t any similarity between the all-new 2013 and previous editions. In years past, Fusion has always been a good car, but not an overly exciting car. That has all changed.
Visibly, this is one of the most beautiful cars to come out in years, from any manufacturer. My tester is the Titanium version and it is very well-equipped. The 2013 Ford Fusion is larger than the last version and has a bold grill that looks much like that of an Aston Martin. Ford did an exceptional job making the interior much roomier.
Under the hood, this one has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost that produces 240-horses, and it has a 6-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration when you really step on the car is quite good and feels like it has more horses than it does. The 2.0-liter is impressive feeling and it sounds good too.
My review car has the Ford Intelligent all-wheel drive system which uses sensors to constantly monitor traction and then balances torque between the front and rear wheels. At one time, these systems were designed just for people in areas that get a lot of bad weather, but today it just as much about the performance and handling. The all-wheel system gives the Fusion great handling characteristics.
As you enter the car, the interior doesn’t blow you away but is subtly luxurious and super clean looking. The center stack is well organized and everything is easy to get to and operate. The seats are comfortable and I can’t imagine anyone not being able to get the driver’s seat comfortable.
The Titanium version comes completely loaded with heated leather seats, ambient lighting, push button start, remote start, Sony audio, rear-view camera, halogen headlights, hill start assist, and aluminum wheels.
My review car has almost $3000 worth of options, which includes the white pearl paint called White Platinum Tri-coat, the navigation system, 19” aluminum wheels, and the Driver Assist Package, which gives you lane departure warning and cross-traffic warning system. The Ford Sync with MyFord Touch system worked great. It has a learning curve, but once mastered, it is awesome.
On the safety front, the 2013 Ford Fusion comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, front knee airbags and side curtain airbags. The Ford Sync system includes an emergency crash notification feature that automatically dials 911 when paired with a compatible cell phone. Also standard is Ford’s MyKey, which can be used to set certain parameters for teen drivers.
Fusion drives great, is extremely quiet inside, has good headroom even in the back seat, and it has a large trunk. A more rigid chassis for 2013 makes handling great, and the Ford all-wheel drive system works great. Ford achieved a fantastic mixture of luxury, practicality, and sportiness all wrapped up in a hot looking car with great lines.
This car stacks up nicely to foreign and domestic cars that cost $15,000 more. Standing ovation to Ford designers for making such a great car!
What I liked most: The looks and driving dynamics, and great fuel economy.
What I would change: I got nothing.
MSRP: Base price $21,900, $35,980 as equipped.
Fuel Economy: 22 City/31 Highway, I am exceeding that slightly without trying.
Warranty: 36 month/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5 years or 60,000 powertrain and roadside assistance.
2013 Ford Fusion Titanium in a few words: Outstanding car and value.
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