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article imageReview: 2013 Ford Fusion Sedan — Impressive American auto engineering

By Kyle Busch     Jun 4, 2012 in Technology
This article reviews the newly redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion an impressive piece of American mid-size automotive engineering.
The Fusion has been a solid seller for Ford. However, it competes in the highly competitive mid-size sedan market with the Altima, Camry, Accord, Malibu and Sonata.
Is Ford serious about the new Fusion? The automaker reportedly targeted the Audi A6 for the Fusion’s panel gap fitment and Mercedes-Benz cars for the car’s interior materials.
So what more does the 2013 Ford Fusion Sedan bring to the road?
It is a five-passenger four-door front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive sedan. The trim levels include S, SE and Titanium.
The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder providing 170 hp and 170 ft. lb. of torque. The other engine choices include a 1.6-liter turbo EcoBoost four-cylinder making 179 hp and 172 ft. lb. of torque and a 2.0-liter turbo EcoBoost delivering 237 hp and 251 ft. lb. of torque.
The transmission is a six-speed automatic or a (CVT) continuously variable unit. A six-speed manual gearbox is also available. Depending on the engine and transmission combination, the Fusion’s 0-60 mph time is from 7.0 to 9.5 seconds.
This Ford has a wheelbase measuring 111.2 inches and the trunk provides 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space. The fuel tank holds 16.5 gallons and its highway cruising range is close to 600 miles.
The Fusion has a wide and solid stance and a highly refined exterior. It has a hit of Audi, Jaguar and even a bit of Aston Martin in its look.
At the front the windshield is well raked and almost flat. The hood is broad and it includes V shaped cut lines at the center. Furthermore, there are curved cut lines at the hood’s edges. The headlights are four inch high slit units that extend well back into the front fenders. The car’s grille is large. It has an elongated hexagon shape (Aston Martin in its look) and is surrounded with chrome. Below the bumper is a large air intake flanked by black inserts that hold round driving lights.
The Fusion’s side profile looks like a coupe and includes a very sleek roof. The upper glass is pushed well to the back. There is a cut line at the door handle and an outward bevel at the bottom third of the doors. The front and rear taillights are visible in the fenders.
At the rear the Fusion’s back window is fastback flat. The trunk lid is short and flat with a squared edge. The taillights are large elongated hexagon unites that are integrated into the trunk and into the rear fenders. The license plate area is clean and sharply defined. There is a back insert at the bottom that adds contrast. Dual exhausts at the corners complete the look.
The interior of this Ford contains good looking materials that present in a clean but straightforward manner. The car’s overall fit and finish is excellent. The driver views an open instrument pod that houses a large central speedometer. A smaller semi-circle tachometer is on the left and digital information is provided on the right. The upper area of the center console has a sophisticated angle. Additionally, the console features a brushed aluminum look at its edges. The dash is smooth and it has a well defined shape. It includes clean looking air vents located at the center and at the corners. The front bucket seats are nicely contoured and include good side bolstering. They provide excellent comfort for short or long distance driving. At the rear there is good legroom. The seat is split 40/60 and folds down to increase the cargo area.
The brakes are discs at all four corners measuring 11.8 inches at the front and 11 inches at the rear. The Fusion’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in a slightly long 130 feet. The tires measure 215 60 16 inch. Larger size tires are available.
The suspension at the front includes MacPherson struts, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. At the rear the setup includes multi-links, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar.
Standard features on this Ford include air conditioning, power door locks, windows and mirrors, audio and cruise control on steering wheel, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, external temperature display, front cup holders, console with storage, remote trunk release, retained accessory power, electronic speed-proportional power steering, rear window defogger, 12 volt front and rear power outlets, interior air filter, front and rear reading lights, 4-speaker AM/FM in dash single CD player with CD MP3 playback stereo, auxiliary MP3 audio input, radio data system, pre-wired for phone, Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone and more.
Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes, front and rear head air bags, dual front side-mounted air bags, passenger air bag sensing deactivation, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, remote anti-theft alarm system, engine immobilizer, dusk-sensing headlights, electronic brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring and more.
The Fusion is available with advanced safety features that are not offered on other vehicles in its class. These optional technological features include adaptive cruise control, parking assist, blind-spot detection, lane keeping assist, Ford Sync and the next generation MyFord Touch.
Of note is that to increase the fuel efficiency, none of the car’s accessories are belt driven (none driven off of the engine).
The fuel rating for this mid-size sedan is an impressive 26 city and 37 mpg highway.
On the road this Fusion offers good acceleration, sporty European like handling and very good fuel economy. Additionally, the Fusion offers a smooth and quiet ride in all driving environments. Overall, it is an impressive mid-size that offers a high level of driving satisfaction for the money
The 2013 Ford Fusion’s price starts at $21,700 and goes to about $30,000 for the top model.
If you want a sporty mid-size sedan that is stylish, has good fuel economy and some great technological features, be sure to test drive the new 2013 Ford Fusion. It is an impressive piece of American auto engineering!
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