January 12, 2012
2013 Ford Fusion, Fusion Hybrid
Evos-inspired or developed in parallel styling makes the new Fusion as sharp as a Kia Optima or Hyundai Sonata. Family sedan shoppers havent had this many lookers since perhaps the early 2000s, when the first Mazda6 and an upsized Nissan Altima hit the scene. How fleeting Toyotas hybrid-sedan crown has become: The new Fusion Hybrid leapfrogged it with 47/44 mpg city/highway, and the 1.6-liter EcoBoost will get 37 mpg highway. My only beef is the run-of-the-mill 2.5-liter Fusion, whose gas mileage looks to be as subpar as the Gingrich campaign.
Thank you, James Carville. You're right, it looks great, yet is toned down enough versus the smaller Fords to excel in the more conservative midsize class. Even Ford's stubborn, misguided devotion to capacitive non-buttons won't be enough to torpedo this model.
This is as clear a winner as there was in Detroit. To say it was the winner of the show isnt an understatement. The design finally brings Aston Martin looks to a Ford in the U.S., and its done exceptionally well. Inside a top trim is close to many premium brands and better than some current Lincolns, too. And unlike the new Focus and Fiesta, it doesnt feel cramped inside for the class.
Dave's right; the Fusion was the star of the auto show. From its upscale, graceful looks to its efficient drivetrain options, the redesigned Fusion should make a strong case to families cross-shopping midsize sedans. However, like Joe, I'm disappointed by the proliferation of touch-sensitive controls here and in other Ford products. Stop with the madness already!