- The base Fusion S will start at $22,495
- The sedan is priced similarly to most 2012 rivals
- The 2013 Fusion will go on sale this fall
After releasing an online configurator for its all-new 2013 Fusion earlier this month, Ford has officially revealed tentative pricing information for the mid-size sedan ahead of its launch this fall.
According to the Fusion's configurator, which was recently updated to include the newly announced pricing figures, the 2013 Fusion will start at $22,495 before destination. That sum will buy a base-level Fusion S, which offers Ford's SYNC information and entertainment system as standard equipment. Also included are side curtain airbags, automatic headlights, cruise control and remote keyless entry with the automaker's programmable MyKey technology. The Fusion S features a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission; the engine is carried over from today's Fusion.
Buyers interested in more equipment can opt for the mid-level Fusion SE, which starts at $24,495 before destination. The SE adds SiriusXM satellite radio, 17-inch alloy wheels and a power driver's seat to the Fusion S's list of equipment, and it also greatly expands on the base model's powertrain choices. Buyers can still choose the 2.5-liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission, or they can get Ford's thrifty 179-hp 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder in manual or automatic guise or a muscular 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder that produces 237 hp.
Topping the Fusion's list of trim levels in price and luxury is the upscale Fusion Titanium, which starts at $30,995 before destination. That model, available only with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, offers a long list of standard features ranging from leather upholstery with heated front seats to a remote starter, rear-view camera, rear obstacle detection system and 18-inch alloy wheels. According to Ford, the Titanium is also the only version of the Fusion available with all-wheel drive.
The Fusion lineup also includes the highly efficient Fusion SE Hybrid, which starts at a reasonable $27,995 before destination. In addition to equipment levels on par with the Fusion SE, the Fusion SE Hybrid includes a 2.0-liter gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain capable of a claimed 47 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway. If that rating is certified by the EPA, it would mean the Fusion SE Hybrid is more efficient than its main rival, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, which boasts up to 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.
With base pricing under $22,500, the Fusion is directly on par with most mid-size sedan rivals. The 2012 Toyota Camry starts at $21,955 before destination, while the 2012 Honda Accord and Nissan Altima start at $21,380 and $20,410 respectively. Chevrolet's recently redesigned 2013 Malibu is also expected to start in the low-$20,000 range.
Look for the 2013 Fusion to begin arriving in dealers this fall-and in the meantime, keep checking back for updates, including finalized fuel economy information for the highly anticipated sedan.
What it means to you: Thanks to reasonable pricing and highly efficient engines, the 2013 Fusion will likely be highly competitive among mid-size sedans.