2013 Ford Fusion receives mixed reviews from Consumer Reports

Article by Anita Panait, on January 24, 2013

The 2013 Ford Fusion mid-sized sedan received both praises and criticism from consumer-product magazine Consumer Reports after buying and testing three versions of the Fusion. After conducting tests on the three Fusion versions -- an SE model with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine; an SE Hybrid; and a high-end Titanium model with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine – Consumer Reports praised the mid-sized sedan for its handling and sportiness.

The magazine, however, criticized the Fusion as having poor fit and finish as well as having a fuel economy that is well below what is claimed. According to the magazine, the 2013 Fusion holds onto corners “with quick, decisive” turn-in response and “well-controlled body lean." Consumer Reports also noted that the mid-sized sedan’s steering is ideally weighted, “with reassuring road feel."

The magazine said that all three Fusions that were tested "proved enjoyable, balanced, and predictable” at their handling limits.

Consumer Reports said that the Titanium version of the Fusion exhibited slightly sharper handling and is the best-handling mid-sized sedan it has tested. The magazine, however, noted that the Titanium version scored lower overall than some other high-end mid-sized sedans. Consumer Reports described the Fusion Hybrid's powertrain as very impressive, being slick, refined and able to provide competitive acceleration.

The Fusion Hybrid also returns 39 mpg overall, which is the best fuel economy that Consumer Reports has measured in a mid-sized sedan. However, the measured mpg significantly falls short of the EPA measurement of 47 mpg overall, city and combined.

Consumer Reports also noted that some complaints against the Fusion kept the vehicle out of the top of its mid-sized sedan ratings – namely those that related to the MyFord Touch infotainment and controls system. In a statement, Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports, remarked that all versions of the Fusion provide a “composed, civilized ride” that’s more or less similar to what some cars twice as expensive could provide.

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