2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)
Driven On 9/25/2012
This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a great choice for those who are new to hybrids. It's quiet, comfortable and feels very much like a normal family sedan, while delivering the fuel economy you expect from a hybrid.
PerformanceBetter handling than many competing hybrids, and the Fusion keeps the driver involved. Acceleration is unremarkable, but the hybrid system thankfully doesn't draw that much attention to itself.
With 188 total system horsepower, acceleration is adequate around town and there's enough passing power for most situations. It feels more normal than other hybrids. Still, 0-60-mph in 8.4 seconds makes it slightly slower than some rivals.
Improvements have been made to the Fusion Hybrid's brakes since it was introduced. Pedal feels linear and more normal in its movement and response. It stopped from 60 mph in a class-average 123 feet.
Ford has done a nice job tuning the Fusion Hybrid's electric power steering. Effort is a bit light, but feedback is good. Clearly better than most hybrids.
Very well behaved for a hybrid. Adequate steering feel combined with a stable chassis through transitions, despite relatively low limits. Better than most cars with which it competes.
Feels more like its non-hybrid version than any other hybrid sedan. Brakes and engine do not draw attention to themselves, nor are there odd transmission shifters or gauge layouts.
ComfortThe Fusion Hybrid really stands out in this area, offering noticeably less road, wind and engine noise than other hybrid sedans (especially compared to the Toyota Prius). Its ride quality and seats are also excellent.
These seats wrap you like a warm hug, offering both long-range and corner-taking support, as well as a bit of squish. Almost Volvo-like. Driver's seat is 8-way power including lumbar.
The Fusion's compromise between body control and ride smoothness is the best in the segment. Those seeking coach-like comfort or sporty sedan engagement should find it equally appealing.
Driven back-to-back with its hybrid competitors, the Fusion has the least road, wind and engine noise. There are also fewer of the overt electrical system noises usually common in hybrids.
InteriorThe MyFord Touch controls, especially the touch-operated climate "buttons," are the Fusion's biggest drawback. We wouldn't call it a dealbreaker, though, given the cabin's other virtues.
Major controls are close at hand and operate intuitively. MyFord Touch screen controls are hardly ideal, but you get used to them. Touch-operated climate buttons can be unresponsive. Not good.
The Fusion's large doors open wide for easy access. The seat height makes entry/exit pretty easy. The sloping roofline means you need to take more care than in an Accord or Camry.
Spacious back seat is on par with the segment's best, despite the sleek and stylish exterior shape. The eight-way power driver's seat is hugely adjustable (and tall-person friendly).
Outward visibility is generally good, although a rear three-quarter blind spot requires extra attention for passing maneuvers. Rearview camera, parking sensors and auto parking system were on our test car, but are optional.
Hybrid batteries significantly reduce the available cargo space versus the regular Fusion, but the remaining space is more useful than in other hybrid sedans. Folding 60/40 split rear seat is a plus.
ValueBase price of $27,200 and as-tested of $35,270 are similar to other hybrid sedans, but you get more in terms of both equipment and perceived quality. Fuel economy is excellent, but your driving will determine how much it ultimately saves you.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Excessive tech options elevated our tester's price to $35,270, but the Fusion's cabin feels like it belongs in a car that costs that much. Materials and construction are top notch and a step above most.
Offers more available features than other family sedans, including auto parking, adaptive cruise control and a lane-keeping system. Even the base car includes a power driver's seat, auto climate control and Sync.
The price is signficantly more than that of a similarly equipped, non-hybrid Fusion. Still, it offers slightly more value than its hybrid competitors. Plus, the options structure gives you choices.
We achieved 52.9 mpg during our 102-mile suburban driving test, with 44 mpg in Interstate driving. Overall it averaged 43.9 mpg, which is a neglible gallon/cost difference from EPA Combined rating of 47 mpg.
"Ford's warranties are about average for the industry: 5 years/60,000 miles for the drivetrain and 3 years/36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper. "
Ford offers roadside assistance for 5 years/60,000 miles. There is no free scheduled maintenance program.
Fun To DriveThe driving experience is more engaging than other hybrid sedans, but few will go so far as to actually call the Fusion Hybrid fun to drive. Some may find the challenge of driving as efficiently as possible to be engaging and even fun.
All Fusions, hybrid or not, drive smaller than they look. Impressive, considering how large this car is. Definitely not the isolating transport pod you might expect a hybrid to be.
The most compelling part about this hybrid's personality is that it's hard to tell it's a hybrid at all, whether you're looking at it or driving it. And that's a good thing.
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