The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is one of the most fuel-efficient hybrid cars on the market. Ford and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new Fusion will return 47/47 mpg (city/highway), with a combined fuel-economy rating of 47 mpg.
The new Fusion Hybrid’s gas mileage also beats other midsize family sedan hybrids, like the 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE (43-city,39-highway,41-combined mpg), 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid and the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (both rated at 35/40/37 mpg). The 2014 Honda Accord will have hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, but there’s no word yet on their gas mileage.
The 47-mpg accomplishment only applies to the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, the base 2013 Ford Fusion comes with a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine, which is certified at 22 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway. On a shocking note, the 2012 Toyota Camry comes with a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine which returns 25 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA, thus beating the 2013 Ford Fusion.
There are two additional engine options that will be available in the 2013 Fusion lineup, both of which use Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology. Ford said the 2013 Fusion with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine will deliver 25 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway, while the Fusion with the larger 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will return 22 mpg in city driving and 33 mpg on the highway. The 2013 Ford Fusion Energy plug-in hybrid is expected to return 100-plus miles-per-gallon equivalent, Ford says.
There’s also a regenerative braking system and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery for power storage. The Fusion Hybrid also has active grille shutters and an aerodynamic underbody kit. Along with boasting great fuel-economy figures, the hybrid system can travel on electric-only power at speeds up to 62 mph.
The Fusion SE Hybrid also comes equipped with leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Sync, MyFord Touch, a 10-way power driver’s seat and 17-inch alloy wheels. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, 18-inch alloy wheels, a navigation system, moonroof and adaptive cruise control are optional.
Ford has started production of the 2013 Fusion at its plant in Flat Rock, Michigan to supplement capacity from another plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. And the 2013 Ford Fusion starts at $22,495 (after destination). Click through the pictures, and let us know your views.
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