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2013 Best Redesigned Vehicle

By KBB.com Editors on December 12, 2012 11:55 AM
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Were you the first of your co-workers to get the newest iDevice? Have you ever camped out overnight to see the first showing of a movie? Do you also need a new car?

If so, you'll be happy to know that the new model year is arriving now and bringing us a range of redesigned models, from top sellers like the Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu and Ford Escape, to upper-crust models like the Porsche Boxster, Lexus GS and Mercedes-Benz SL. These cars aren't warmed over, slightly changed or cunningly rebadged; they are all-new from the proverbial ground up, though they also bear time-honored nameplates.

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Of these worthy contenders only one car per year can be named Kelley Blue Book's Best Redesigned Vehicle, and this year the honor goes to the new 2013 Ford Fusion. We've always liked the Fusion's excellent blend of ride and handling, as well as its cutting-edge technology, but aesthetically speaking Ford's midsize sedan never quite did it for us.

Ford has addressed the issue in a big way for 2013. Outside, the new Fusion is clearly the hottest-looking car in a class with no fewer than 13 other entrants. The interior is just as striking, a dynamic collection of shapes and textures that truly creates a sense of energy even before you turn the key.

Under the hood, the Fusion offers a choice of five engines, including two turbocharged EcoBoost engines, a gasoline-electric hybrid version and a new plug-in hybrid that Ford says will travel up to 20 miles on battery power alone. Whatever mix of value, power and fuel efficiency you're looking for in a midsize sedan, the new Fusion has it.

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And if you are indeed the type to have the latest versions of the latest tech, the comprehensive MyFord Touch system is about as good as it gets in the segment, offering an array of cutting edge infotainment and connectivity functionalities.

More than a handful of cars made the consideration short list this year, but the 2013 Ford Fusion earned the title of 2013 Best Redesigned Vehicle with impressive gains in design, technology and fuel economy.

And you won't even have to wait in line to get one.

(If you like to be first but want something smaller, larger or maybe with more Mercedes badges, check out our list of 18 cars redesigned for 2013.)