Just a few days ago the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid was certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan in America, boasting an impressive 47 mpg on the highway, 47 mpg in the city, and 47 mpg combined.
Ford has been putting a lot of effort into their hybrid models in the last couple years, and it seems that their work has paid off. The Fusion Hybrid gets better gas mileage on the highway and in the city than the Toyota Camry Hybrid, with a difference of 8 mpg and 4 mpg, respectively.
The Ford Fusion family is offering a wide array of powertrain options, including two EcoBoost engines, a hybrid, and a plug in hybrid. Two of these options, the Fusion Hybrid and 1.6L EcoBoost, host Ford’s Auto Start-Stop system, which shuts down the engine while the car is idle, saving even more gas for the driver. Ford offers a six-speed automatic and manual transmission in the Fusion.
The fuel-efficiency ratings of the powertrain models other than the hybrid are as follows:
- 1.6-liter EcoBoost with 25-mpg city, 37-mpg highway, 29-mpg combined
- 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 22-mpg city, 33-mpg highway, 26-mpg combined
- 2.5-liter with 22-mpg city, 34-mpg highway, 26-mpg combined
- Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid with a projected 100 MPGe
The Ford Fusion Hybrid has two other features to improve fuel-efficiency, including Ford’s SmartGauge, which guides drivers with the best gas mileage in mind, and ECO Cruise, which optimizes efficiency in cruise control. In addition to these new features, the Fusion offers a wide variety of technological improvements that create a smoother, safer, and more convenient driving experience. These include a Lane-Keeping system that uses a camera behind the rearview mirror to ensure the driver is staying within his lane. It alerts the driver if he is driving erratically. The Lane-keeping Aid will help turn the steering wheel if the driver doesn’t notice he’s veering out of his lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control monitors traffic and can slow or speed the car as the traffic fluctuates. Active Park Assist, using sensors, can find suitable parking spots and will steer the car into the parking spot for you. The last of these features is the Blind Spot Information System, which is guided by sensors that can detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot. It gives auditory and visual warnings if the driver is changing lanes into another vehicle. Other safety features include Ford’s SYNC communications system which gives the driver voice control over his phone and his entertainment system.
The 2013 Ford Fusion is growing to become one of the best midsize affordable sedans, with incredible fuel-efficiency and the newest in Ford technology. If you’re looking for a spacious, fuel-efficient new car and are having a hard time choosing, test drive any of the 2013 Ford Fusion models.