2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid rated by EPA at 47 mpg city and highway

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2012

EPA gave the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid an estimate of 47-mpg city and highway. This rating, coupled with a starting price of only $27,200, makes it a formidable rival to the Toyota Prius as well as the Korean and Japanese automakers. The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which boasts a combined system output of 188hp, surpasses the fuel economy ratings of its rivals such as the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid, 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

But then, it is priced slightly higher at $27,895 MSRP (including $795 destination and handling fee). In comparison, the Camry Hybrid offers a mildly better performance with a combined system 200-hp. In addition, it has an estimated 43-mpg, 39-mpg highway rating and cost more than $1,000 lower than the Fusion Hybrid.

However, the price difference is justifiable since it has better fuel economy ratings and its appearance is very appealing. Ford hasn’t released information yet about the interior of this house compared to its rivals. Ford has also not revealed what buyers of the 2013 Fusion Hybrid could expect.

Chris Hamilton, Chief Exterior Designer for the next-generation model, said that customers flocked to the previous Fusion as it was a totally logical purchase to make.

Hence, the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is set to give the typical buyer a whole new top-drawer visual experience, with some emotional appeal added to an already wise pick.

Nevertheless, the creation of the all-new Fusion is still guided by the following features:

• Silhouette innovation: the sleek profile of Fusion distinguishes it from the usual power train/cabin/trunk "three-box" designs identical to midsize sedans

• Perceived efficiency: the character lines in Fusion sweeping to the rear as well as the thin roof pillars suggest that the car is light and nimble on its feet

• Refined surface language: Ford Fusion proves that a tasteful design which is also well-executed does not require unnecessary add-ons or visual clutter

• Technical graphics: the functional design elements of Fusion such as the LED tail lamps, polished exhaust tips and head lamps ensembles enhanced technological capability

• New face: Fusion indicates the next evolution of Ford global design style of small to midsize sedans

The New Fusion gives users a sporty and driver-oriented environment equipped with next-generation seating comprised of expanded functionality. For instance, a clever storage for the driver comes handy with the improved center console which is now higher than the usual console.

To provide an airy and open environment, extra passenger space is also added by moving the instrument panel towards the windshield. Improved seats are also trimmed with fabric by recycling sustainable yarns supported by thinner and lighter frames.

Dynamics plus craftsmanship equals feel

The new design promises high visual quality, improved materials, a whole new level of craftsmanship and attention to specific details.

The surfaces in the interior including the upholstery are softer to touch and the gaps from the interior to the exterior are minimized. And when the truck lid is opened, a spring-loaded cover conceals the trunk handle automatically.

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