2013 Ford Fusion Sedan - Rating Details


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Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium AWD (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic) Driven On 9/25/2012 Ratings Summary It's clear Ford has made big strides with the 2013 Fusion and the result is a large, comfortable, well-controlled sedan. Available all-wheel drive is a nice touch that's rare among its direct competitors. Overall, a solid choice that ranks among the best in the segment.
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Performance Better handling than most other midsize sedans. Acceleration from the smooth-running 4-cylinder Ecoboost turbo isn't quite as strong as most of the Fusion's V6-powered competition, but it's quite close.
Acceleration
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Notably quicker than typical four-cylinder family sedans, but not quite as quick as their V6 counterparts. The extra weight of the optional all-wheel-drive system is probably the culprit. That said, there's plenty on tap.
Braking
B
There's nothing special about the feel of the brake pedal in normal use, but panic-stop distance is still admirably short despite a couple hundred extra pounds from the AWD system.
Steering
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Good electric power steering calibration. Effort is on the light side but feel and feedback are actually quite good. Ratio is quick enough to feel responsive but is never darty.
Handling
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Our test vehicle proved to be equally nimble on the test track and on local mountain roads. Available all-wheel drive adds an additional layer of confidence in sloppy conditions.
Driveability
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Responsive transmission with steering-mounted paddle controls for those that prefer them. Smooth throttle response in all situations.
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Comfort Comfortable and quiet, the Ford Fusion is the kind of sedan you can ride in all day long.
Seating Comfort
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The nicely-padded seats provide good support and comfort, even for long trips. The rear seat, in particular, is a more spacious place to spend time than many in this segment.
Ride Comfort
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Ford expertly tuned the Fusion's suspension to strike a good balance between control and comfort. It's neither too stiff nor too soggy.
Quietness
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Road and wind noise are admirably low in all versions of the Fusion. This example was powered by the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, which is quiet most of the time. The V6 offering does tend to melt into the background a bit better, though.
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Interior Large and usable interior that utilizes nice materials. Some questionable assembly quality on our pre-production test car. And the SYNC infotainment system still has some frustrating aspects.
Ergonomics
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Major controls are close at hand and operate intuitively. MyFord Touch screen controls are getting better with successive revsions, but certain touch screen controls still lag a bit.
Ingress/Egress
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The Fusion's large doors open wide and the seat height isn't overly low, a combination that adds up to easy entry/exit.
Space/Room
B
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).
Visibility
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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 are handy options.
Cargo/Storage
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The trunk has a very large opening and there is plenty of space. The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split if you need more, but they don't fold completely flat.
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Value Yes, our particular AWD Fusion Titanium is among the most expensive cars in the class. But it doesn't have to be if you don't opt for unique offerings such as all-wheel drive and certain high-tech options like active park assist and adaptive cruise control.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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The Fusion's exterior and interior come across as worth the price. Materials and construction are top notch and compare well with the competitors in this segment.
Features(vs. $)
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The Fusion's technology features and available safety options are on par or ahead of many competitors. The price you'll pay is justifiable with respect to what you'll get.
Cost
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The all-wheel-drive Fusion only comes with the top-level engine choice, which means a fully-loaded one can approach $39,000. Much less expensive engine and vehicle configurations are available in the front-drive versions.
MPG
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Our AWD 2.0-liter turbo (2.0T) Fusion is the least-efficient variant at 25 mpg Combined (22 City/31 Hwy). The front-drive 2.0T is good for 26 mpg Combined (22 City/33 Hwy) and the fuel-sipping 1.5T can do 29 Combined (25 City/37 Hwy).
Warranty
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Ford's basic bumper-to-bumper warranty is merely average. The 5-year/60,000-mile engine warranty is a bit more generous, but it's far from class-leading.
Ownership
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A 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan is fairly generous, but there's no introductory free scheduled maintenance program.
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Fun To Drive With strong handling across the board and a manual transmision available with the 1.6 turbo engine, certain versions of the Fusion can be entertaining.
Driving Experience
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Fusions drive smaller than they are, which is a good thing considering this car's size.
Personality
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People notice this car's styling. It's a striking design, which should get looks for years to come. We can't say that about every family sedan.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Ford Fusion Sedan in VA is:

$157 per month*
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