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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.
HD Radio is now available, as are rain-sensing wipers, "MyKey" programmable vehicle key and two new equipment groups: Luxury and Comfort. Integrated blind-spot mirrors are now standard on Fusions not equipped with the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).
A thorough revamp imparts new character to Ford's mid-size Fusion Sedan with cleaner styling, greater refinement, improved vehicle dynamics and upgraded powertrain combinations that boost both performance and fuel economy. An enthusiast-oriented 263-horsepower Sport variant also joins the lineup.
More content marks the major changes to the 2009 Ford Fusion with SEL trims getting standard ambient multi-color lighting and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control is made optional on all trims, while cars without the SYNC audio system receive an auxiliary audio input jack.
To compete in today's midsize sedan arena a car needs to stand out, in both style and performance. The Ford Fusion is just such a cara 180-degree turnabout from the lackluster Ford Taurus it replaces and a major homerun for Ford. Although designed here in the U.S., the Fusion borrows much of its chassis and drivetrain from its Japanese cousin, the Mazda Mazda6. It is the merging of American styling and Japanese hardware that makes the Fusion such a terrific value, offering superior handling, good fuel economy and low emissions (rated as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle or PZEV in California). However, almost certainly due to an anticipated lack of much market demand, Ford didn't see fit to place a manual transmission in the V6-powered models, essentially cutting short the Fusion's potential as a bona fide driving enthusiast's car.