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2013 Ford Fusion EcoBoost 2.0
Ford assaults the midsize sedan market with the 2013 Fusion

The next generation Ford Fusion has been a highly anticipated vehicle in the auto industry. The midsize sedan market has been heating up and Ford needed to bring its A-Game in order to stay competitive. Well we can safely say that Ford did indeed bring its A-Game, and may end up sending its competitors back to the drawing board early in the powertrain department.
The new Fusion lineup which now consists solely of four-cylinder engines:
  • 2.5-liter naturally aspirated (170hp/170 lb-ft)
  • 1.6-liter EcoBoost (179hp/172 lb-ft)
  • 2.0-liter EcoBoost (237hp/250 lb-ft)
  • 2.0-liter naturally aspirated (Atkinson-cycle) hybrid
  • 2.0-liter naturally aspirated (Atkinson-cycle) plug-in hybrid 
The 1.6-liter EcoBoost will deliver 26mpg in the city and 37mpg on the highway, topping all non-hybrid competitors.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Likewise, the new Fusion Hybrid with the normally aspirated 2.0-liter engine will now deliver 47mpg in the city and 44mpg on the highway. The increased fuel economy (from 41/36) comes from the downsized engine (the old Fusion Hybrid used an Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine) and a new lithium-ion battery pack. Thanks to the more powerful battery, the Fusion Hybrid can now travel at up to 62mph on battery power alone.
For comparison (city/highway):

2013 Ford Fusion Energi

As for the Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid, Ford will only say that it will be rated for 100 MPGe, which makes it more efficient than a Chevrolet Volt.
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost will take the place of the previous V6 engine. Although fuel economy numbers haven't yet been released for this model, there's no doubt that the 2.0-liter EcoBoost will offer similar performance while sipping less fuel. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost will also be available in FWD and AWD variants.
And we can't forget the dramatic new styling direction with the Fusion. Gone is the Gillette-esque grille that has been replaced with a nose that wouldn't seem out of place on an Aston Martin. There's no doubt the 2013 Ford Fusion will be the most dramatically styled mainstream sedan on the market, and consumers won't have to drive "design-challenged" vehicles like the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight to get incredible fuel economy across the board.

2013 Ford Fusion interior 

When it comes to technology, the Fusion Hybrid will be available with SYNC, the much-maligned MyFord Touch infotainment system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, and blind spot monitoring.

The 2013 Ford Fusion will be in U.S. showrooms in the latter half of 2012.

Source: Ford

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RE: Cool
By tng on 1/9/2012 8:37:06 AM , Rating: 1
Very impressive. Now that you're seeing some real competition from Ford...
So, what do you think this will do to sales of the Volt next year?

From a aesthetic viewpoint, clearly this is the better car. In my experience with rental vehicles GM is horrible on quality, Ford is better but still had some work ahead.

The real difference is that Ford has not built this car up like GM did with the Volt. More like business as usual for Ford.

RE: Cool
By rudolphna on 1/9/2012 9:48:34 AM , Rating: 2
I think you are going into the rental cars wanting GM to be horrible, so you think it is. When we purchased our 3 new GM cars back in July (2 Cruzes and an Equinox) they were the best interiors in the class, especially in terms of how well they were put together.

RE: Cool
By tng on 1/9/2012 10:42:01 AM , Rating: 2
I think you are going into the rental cars wanting GM to be horrible, so you think it is.
No, not really. Nobody really wants to be stranded by their rental car, or have to put parts back on them after they fall off because you shut the door to hard (brand new, less than 100 miles). Even had a door fall off a Chevy in San Diego once (looked like a poor weld), that was a fun ride back the airport. Ended up having a CHP officer follow me all the way back and laughed his butt off when I showed him the door in the back seat.

Trust me when I say I want my rentals to be good, reliable cars and I do expect that. After spending a minimum of 70% of my time on the road in various places in the country and around the world for the last 15 years, the only brand that has stranded me is GM, not once, but several times. This is out of hundreds of rentals of everything from BMWs, Fords, Skoda, Nissans, Toyotas, Chryslers, Opels, from Finland to Sydney.

The quality of GM vehicles may have gotten better, but in my case the damage is done, I wouldn't buy one.

RE: Cool
By Indianapolis on 1/9/2012 9:56:57 PM , Rating: 2
I think you went into the rental wanting the door to fall off...

RE: Cool
By alcalde on 1/9/2012 10:45:08 PM , Rating: 3
I think he needed William Shatner riding in the back seat to spot the gremlin that must have caused his door to fall off.

RE: Cool
By tng on 1/9/2012 10:43:56 AM , Rating: 2
we purchased our 3 new GM cars back in July
Also on this, give your cars at least a year or two before you brag about how reliable they are. Long term is where a vehicle shows how well it is made.

RE: Cool
By Spuke on 1/9/2012 11:51:03 AM , Rating: 3
Long term is where a vehicle shows how well it is made.
I have a Pontiac with 96k miles on it. Daily driver. Most reliable car I've ever owned. Only had two problems:

1. Recall on rear diff seal
2. Thermostat

This is my first American car. I owned nothing but Japanese before this and with the exception of my old Infiniti, they all had problems minor and major. I was so impressed with this car that I bought a used Ford pickup. That's been trouble free too (expensive to maintain though cause it's a diesel).

RE: Cool
By Denigrate on 1/9/2012 12:08:19 PM , Rating: 4
Love my Pontiac Grand Prix,and would have definitely purchased another Pontiac had they not killed the brand. Still can't figure out why they kept GMC around when it's exactly the same as Chevy, but killed Pontiac.

RE: Cool
By Flunk on 1/9/2012 1:11:18 PM , Rating: 2
Some of GM's cars (especially the older ones) are much better than others. My Father's 6-year old Impala is holding up pretty well but my buddies 5-year old Cobalt looks like a rusty old beater and has had a lot of work on it (both cars are under 100,000km).

RE: Cool
By BillyBatson on 1/10/2012 2:47:12 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry buddy but GM is by far the cheapest build quality in their interiors, even all new KIA models are coming out wayyy better together.
I went from a 2008 BMW to a 2010 ford edge.. Huge difference in quality the BMW is obvioay far better but my edge is great! And far better quality than the equinox.

RE: Cool
By Reclaimer77 on 1/9/12, Rating: -1
RE: Cool
By adiposity on 1/9/2012 6:37:06 PM , Rating: 5
This really frames nicely everything wrong about GM, and everything right with Ford. It's amazing what you can design when it's engineers, not politicians, making the decisions.

Wasn't the Volt designed before the bailout?

RE: Cool
By priusone on 1/14/2012 1:08:09 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't using logic in an argument against the rules?

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