2013 Ford Fusion
For 2013, Ford redesigns the Fusion, adding it to its roster of global vehicles. Gone is the V-6 engine, replaced by an EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder that’s joined by another turbo I-4 and a normally aspirated four. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions are also in the offering. With the new Fusion, Ford applies the same design language found on the Fiesta and Focus. Ford brings several technologies to the 2013 Fusion, including Lane Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, active park assist and MyFord Touch. Ford offers three Fusion models: S, SE, and Titanium.
Power and Fuel Efficency
Leading off the trio of Fusion engines is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder developing 170 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels. Next up, the 1.6-liter, EcoBoost turbocharged I-4 producing 179 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque, also mated to a six-speed auto and front-wheel drive. Finally, the star of the lineup, a 2.0-liter, EcoBoost turbocharged, four-cylinder engine generating 237 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic feeding power to the front wheels or all four. At this time, power figures are projected and the Fusion has yet to receive fuel economy ratings from the EPA. However, Ford estimates the 1.6 EcoBoost will return 26 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. The 1.6 is also available with start-stop technology, which turns off the engine when the vehicle stops and the driver’s foot is on the brake. When the driver releases the brake, the engine restarts. Ford has priced the option at $295 while projecting that it could save $1,100 on gas over five years.
Fusion Safty Features
Leading off the Fusion’s list of standard safety features are eight airbags, including two front knee airbags, side-impact, side-curtain and front airbags that adapt to an occupant’s size, position and seat belt use; a hood designed to meet European pedestrian protection standards; electronic stability control; traction control; antilock brakes; and Ford’s SOS post-crash alert system, which activates the horn and emergency flashers, unlocks the doors and turns on interior and puddle lamps when an airbag deploys.
Fusion will offer optional driver-aid technologies, including Lane Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, active park assist and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert. BLIS uses sensors to detect vehicles in either blind spot and provides audible and visual warnings. It also provides cross-traffic warnings when backing out of a parking space or driveway. Lane Keeping System uses a small camera and software to do three things in order to help the driver stay in the lane: determine the course the car is on; alert the driver if drowsiness or erratic steering are detected; and apply pressure on the steering to bring the car back into its lane. Adaptive cruise control uses radar to detect slower traffic ahead and maintain proper distance, while active park assist identifies a parallel parking space and steers the car into the spot.