Ford's 2013 Fusion Hybrid Clobbers the Competition, Delivers 47 MPG City/44 MPG Highway
January 8, 2012 11:34 PM
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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):
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2012 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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
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
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.
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RE: 1.6-liter EcoBoost (179hp/172 lb-ft)
1/9/2012 11:13:55 PM
I had a 1996 Ford Escort for two years. A little under 2400 pounds, 88HP engine. People riding with me would complain about my driving as I'd sit forever waiting to merge into traffic. I'd have to explain that if I could SEE another car coming, it was too late to merge onto the highway.
My routine way of driving the car was essentially to push the gas pedal all the way down when traffic lights turned green. As I used to say, "Some cars go 0-60 in 7 seconds. This car goes 0-7 in 60 seconds." My next car was a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am with a 175HP V-6 (amazing they can get more HP from V-4s these days). I was at a red light almost immediately after driving it off the lot. Not thinking about it, I pressed the pedal down all the way when the light turned green. When I looked in the rear view mirror and noticed all of the other cars behind me hadn't even begun moving yet, I realized I was going to have to adapt my driving style to a car with something better than a lawn mower engine! :-)
I never, ever want to go back to those days of sitting two minutes with cars honking behind me as I refused to merge onto the highway because of the patently unsafe lack of acceleration of a sub-100HP engine on anything larger than a motorcycle. Maybe that's why my dream car is the 556HP Cadillac CTS-V! :-)
Oh, the escort is listed as getting 31/38 MPG on carsdirect, so the Fusion is both more fuel efficient AND more powerful (as well as being more attractive both inside and out).
Purtadude, please don't petition for the return of the American Yugo. :-) I don't think we need more cars that attain 0-60 in 14 seconds and are light enough to actually get blown off of bridges.
I remember a comedian telling a joke about driving a Yugo and getting stuck and needing to call a tow truck. The tow trucker went to hitch the car and told him, "Well, here's your problem right here. You drove over some chewing gum." :-)
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