2013 Ford Fusion receives mixed reviews from Consumer Reports

Article by Anita Panait, on January 24, 2013

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.

The new Ford Fusion is seen to offer the best-in-class fuel economy across your choice of gasoline as well as across hybrid or plug-in hybrid sub-segments. This is Ford’s way of following through its commitment to lead in terms of fuel efficiency with each new model it brings to the market.

Ford Fusion has the mid-size car segment’s broadest choices of fuel-efficient powertrains. It offers hybrid/plug-in hybrid alternatives, a pair of EcoBoost 4-cylinder engines, normally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, automatic start-stop system that shuts off the engine at idle, all-wheel and front-wheel drive applications, as well as a pick between manual and automatic six-speed transmissions.

The 1.6L EcoBoost engine generates a best-in-class 4-cylinder non-hybrid fuel efficiency of 37 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city. Meanwhile, the 2L EcoBoost engine – which is paired with a paddle-shifted 6-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission, an all-wheel drive application that can send added torque to the rear, and 19-inch wheels – is the Ford Fusion performance option.

What’s more, the Fusion Hybrid, which won North American Car of the Year for 2010, continues to evolve and innovate with new lithium-ion batteries that are lighter and that generate more power compared to the previously used nickel-metal hydride batteries. These lithium-ion batteries also raise the car’s maximum speed under electric power from 47mph to 62mph.

Fusion Hybrid also features a new 2.0L Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder gasoline engine, which is significantly downsized from being a 2.5L unit while maintaining the standards for performance. Needless to say, this innovative powertrain is expected to give you best-in-class fuel economy of 44 mpg on the highway and 47 mpg in the city.

Furthermore, Fusion Hybrid fuel economy is anticipated to outperform Toyota’s 2012 Camry Hybrid by 5 mpg on the highway and 4 mpg in the city, as well as Hyundai’s 2011 Sonata Hybrid by 4 mpg on the highway and 12 mpg in the city.

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