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2013 Ford Fusion Energi

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2013 Ford Fusion Energi Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.0

The 2013 Fusion marks the second generation of Ford's mid-size family sedan. What was a good-looking car to begin with has become a dazzling one now with fresh sheet metal and slightly larger dimensions. At first glance, you might think it's an Aston Martin. The Ford Fusion's positive traits are more than skin-deep. Under its sleek hood, Ford has replaced the past V6 engine options with a choice of two small-but-powerful and fuel-efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplants. Those seeking the greatest fuel-economy will be drawn to the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid. With great looks, solid driving dynamics and a wide variety of features at competitive prices, the 2013 Fusion can more than hold its own against rivals like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you want a midsize sedan that's value-oriented, engaging to drive, or boasts the highest fuel economy in its class, there is probably a version of the 2013 Fusion that fits your requirements.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you must have a V6 engine, the Fusion isn't for you. And if you want a coupe version, like what Honda offers in its Accord, you're out of luck there as well. Those seeking the lowest price in the segment, meanwhile, may be attracted to a Hyundai Sonata or Subaru Legacy.

What's New for 2013

The Ford Fusion has been revamped for 2013 with a new design and high-tech safety features such as adaptive cruise control. Two different turbocharged 4-cylinder engines replace the V6 choices in previous models, and a plug-in hybrid called the Fusion Energi joins the regular Hybrid model, which is now rated at 47 mpg.

Driving the Fusion Energi
Driving Impressions

The 2013 Ford Fusion stands out in the mid-size sedan segment with its athletic driving character. While the base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is adequate, the sedan really shines with the...

... 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder or the even more potent 2.0-liter turbo that boasts 240 horsepower. A smooth shifting 6-speed automatic transmission is standard except in the hybrids, which use a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the 1.6 turbo which offers a sterling 6-speed manual as a no-cost option. An optional fuel-saving start/stop system on the 1.6-liter model takes getting used to and can decrease the efficiency of the climate-control system at idle. All-wheel drive, available with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, offers extra grip. The Fusion Hybrid, meanwhile, is among the best we've driven. The system's transition between the gasoline engine and electric motor is nearly seamless, and the car can travel up to 62 mph on electric power alone. The Energi plug-in hybrid's electric-only top speed is 85 mph, and the car is rated to travel up to 21 miles on electricity alone and up to 620 miles total.

HYBRID VERSION
Perhaps the best thing about the hybrid version of the Fusion is that you may not know it is one until you realize how little fuel you're using. The Fusion Hybrid yields an EPA-estimated 47 mpg combined, and is a smooth operator while earning that lofty figure.

1.6-LITER TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
As with its use in the 2013 Ford Escape, this small-yet-mighty powerplant feels like the Goldilocks of the Fusion's gasoline engine choices. Connected to either the easy-to-use 6-speed manual transmission or the 6-speed automatic with auto start/stop, this engine returns up to 37 mpg.

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Details
Interior

The 2013 Fusion's cabin is comfortable but feels slightly narrow, despite interior space growing compared with the last model. Four adults can sit comfortably in the Fusion, or three kids can squeeze in the back seat. At 16 cubic feet, the new Fusion's trunk is a tad smaller than its predecessor. In hybrid models, some space is eaten up by under-floor batteries. Still, even hybrid models allow the rear seats to fold for added cargo room. The cloth seats and foam inserts in Fusion Hybrid models are made from recyclable or renewable materials. Supple leather seating and an audio/climate-control system with touch controls can be had in higher trims.

Exterior
2013 Ford Fusion Energi photo

Ford has taken the Fusion's outer styling to a new level for this 2nd-generation, 2013 model. The car looks like a design from Aston Martin – which Ford previously owned – rather than your average 5-passenger family sedan. Bland this is not. 2013 Fusions are distinguished by a large trapezoidal grille up front. The EasyFuel capless gas filler system means you'll never again have to wrestle to open a fuel cap or wait for it to "click" into place. Energi versions have what looks like an additional fuel door on the front driver's side that covers the port for the charging cable. An innovative light ring indicates the level of charge, with a full circle equating a full charge.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The new Fusion debuts in four trims: S, SE, SE Hybrid, and Titanium. The Fusion Energi is set to arrive in early 2013. Base S models include manual climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input, 16-inch wheels, and Ford's SYNC wireless communication system with voice control. SE models add 10-way power driver's seat, rear air vents, a 6-speaker audio system, and 17-inch wheels. Moving up to the Titanium model nets the powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, 12-speaker Sony premium audio system with HD and satellite radio, dual-zone auto climate control, a rearview camera, leather seating, and 18-inch wheels.

Optional Equipment

In addition to more powerful turbocharged engines, features available on the 2013 Ford Fusion emphasize technology for making the car safer and commutes more comfortable. Among the offerings are a reverse-sensing system, Active Park Assist to help with parallel parking, adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, and a blind-spot monitoring system. One particularly interesting and potentially life-saving feature is the Lane Keeping System. Using a windshield-mounted camera, the car keeps a digital eye on road markings to detect if the car drifts into another lane. If that happens, the system alerts the driver by sounding a warning, vibrating the steering wheel and, ultimately, applying steering torque to get the car back into the lane.

Under the Hood

The base engine in the 2013 Ford Fusion is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder carried over from the previous generation that makes 175 horsepower. Better engine options are the 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost or the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, which make 178 horsepower and 240 horsepower, respectively. Both turbo engines can run on regular unleaded gasoline. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive limited to the 2.0-liter engine. The new Fusion is offered in two hybrid versions. The regular hybrid uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor to achieve 47 mpg and a total output of 188 horsepower. A plug-in version called the Energi uses the same engine and motor setup but offers a larger lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged via an AC outlet. The Energi is estimated to travel up to 21 miles in EV mode, and up to 620 miles total before having to recharge the battery or fill up the gasoline tank. Recharge time for the battery is projected at 7 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet, or 2.5 hours on a 240-volt outlet.

2.5-liter inline-4
175 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/34 mpg

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
178 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/37 mpg (manual), 23/36 mpg (automatic), 24/37 (automatic with engine start/stop)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/33 mpg (front-wheel drive), 22/31 mpg (all-wheel drive)

2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (hybrid)
188 horsepower (total)
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 47/47 mpg

2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (plug-in hybrid)
195 horsepower (total, with full battery charge)
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 108/92 mpg equivalent

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2013 Ford Fusion Energi Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 29 Ratings for the 2013 - 2017 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Almost a great car

By on Friday, April 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Energy efficiency, quiet, styling & handling"

Cons: "Defrosting capability, recalls, rattles/squeaks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Love the gas efficiency, the quiet and the way the car looks and handles. We're nearing the end of our 3-yr lease and will not be purchasing the car due to the many rattles emerging and the lousy defrosting capabilities (and we're not even in a cold climate). Additionally, we can't keep up with the many recalls we've had on the car. We were very impressed with Ford with this car but think they have a way to go to beat the longevity of more upscale cars."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Happy With This Car

By on Monday, April 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, efficient, luxurious"

Cons: "Small trunk, short range in electric only mode"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned a 2014 Ford Fusion for almost 2 years now and use this car mostly for commuting. It's a win win to me because I get great efficiency and it is nice inside and out as well as smooth and quiet. I still really enjoy this car. My previous car was a BMW and I have had other luxury cars prior to that and this car does not feel like a step down to me."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

One of the best cars I have ever owned.

By on Monday, February 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price, creature comforts, luxuries, mileage, quiet"

Cons: "Lack of trunk space - I'll take my wife's Sorento"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned from everything from a high end Mercedes to a Scirocco to a 68 Camaro Big Block which I loved to tinker with. Always felt Toyato made the best auto. Then came KIA and two of my sons and my wife own KIAS. My other son drives a Hyundai Sonata. However, 3 years ago I bought a Ford Fusion hybrid which I loved, but my friend / patient is the fleet manager at a Ford dealership and he invited me to test drive a Pearl White Ford Fusion Energi Titanium - bought on the spot! This Ford Fusion Energi Titanium is the best auto I have ever owned. It is nicely appointed with all the creature comforts inside the cabin and quiet as heck as I average 120 mpg. My electric bill has increased $45 per month and my daily commute is 18 miles total per day. Anyone could complain about its small trunk, but who cares when I have only filled up the gas tank once since November 18th 2015. And do not forget - this car has it all from lane departure to self parking to a beautiful sunroof to a frightening quiet car - they need to put in place a noise of some sort as driving around the parking lots is scary for me. And as for power - I would take my 1968 396 Camaro SS big block with over 400 hp any day, but there is just something about the torque of an electric engine - silky smooth and powerful enough for me. I used to laugh at my friends with the lack of confidence to buy a hybrid, but know I wonder what in the world are they thinking when I drive this plug in. Once again - best car I have ever owned."

18 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Hope it doesn't Break

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Carpool Sticker, Comfort, cheap on gas"

Cons: "Impossible to repair"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have a 2014 Fusion Energi, it was a great car until it wasn't any more. It just stopped working about a month ago and the dealer is still trying to figure out why it won't start. They have been replacing parts but still have no clue what to do to fix the problem. Up until I had the electronic failure I thought the car was great. I'm just hoping that I get it back before its another year older!"

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

2016 Fusion Energi Titanium PHEV

By on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,036

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks, Ride, Cost to Owen, Fun to Driveby gas pump"

Cons: "No trunk space, No spare tire, not a hatch back."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"What is to say about near to perfect just needs a few things like trunk space, spare tire, hatch back, over all I am getting over 88 MPG and I only see a gas station about once a month or less my current cost Gas & Electric about $38.00 most of that is Electric per month, great warranty, dealer is near my home and has great service department. the best part is it's range 620 miles till it needs to see a gas pump. So much better than all Electric mileage range, and great looks that turn heads when I drive by gas stations."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Best Car I have ever owned

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "great milage, handles amazingly."

Cons: "i wish It had seat heaters"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car in February 2915. By far the best car I have ever owned. I am amazed at the gas this car in town on the hihyway"

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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