• The Fusion EcoBoost will return 37 mpg.
  • The Fusion Hybrid achieves 47 mpg.
  • The Fusion goes on sale this month.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced fuel economy ratings for the fully redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion. According to the government agency, Fusion models equipped with Ford's new EcoBoost 4-cylinder can return up to 37 mpg on the highway, while the miserly Fusion Hybrid gets up to 47 mpg in combined city and highway driving.

Expected to go on sale later this month, the 2013 Fusion offers three separate gasoline engines, plus one hybrid gas and electric powerplant. The base-level gas engine, a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder carried over from last year's Fusion, achieves 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with its standard 6-speed automatic.

Shoppers looking for better fuel economy without stepping up to a hybrid will like the Fusion's new 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder. Despite its size, the small engine produces a healthy 179 hp thanks to turbocharging and direct injection. That means it receives competitive fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway with the model's standard 6-speed manual, or 23 mpg city and 36 mpg highway with an available 6-speed automatic.

For buyers interested in more muscle, Ford is also offering the Fusion with a 274-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder. Available only with a 6-speed automatic transmission, that model achieves fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway in its standard front-wheel drive configuration, or 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway with optional all-wheel drive.

But the Fusion Hybrid earns the best fuel economy ratings thanks to a 2.0-liter hybrid gas and electric 4-cylinder that's expected to produce around 150 hp. According to the EPA, the Fusion Hybrid will return a whopping 47 mpg city or highway, giving it the best fuel economy rating of any non-plug-in vehicle except for the Toyota Prius and Prius c. That's good news for Ford, since it means the Fusion Hybrid will top rivals like the Toyota Camry Hybrid (43 mpg city, 39 mpg highway) and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (35 mpg city, 40 mpg highway). But the Fusion Hybrid even beats out smaller hybrids like the Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight, and Toyota Prius v when it comes to gas mileage.

Fuel economy ratings for the 2013 Ford Fusion also stack up favorably to the traditional gas-powered competition. The base-level Toyota Camry, for example, lags behind the 1.6-liter Fusion thanks to EPA ratings of 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway, while the Camry V6's 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway rating trails the Fusion's 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. The Fusion's fuel economy numbers also eclipse the Hyundai Sonata and recently redesigned Chevrolet Malibu, though all-new versions of the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima are on par with Ford's latest midsize sedan.

While 47 mpg is an impressive figure for the Fusion Hybrid, drivers interested in better mileage won't have to wait long for an even more efficient Fusion. That's because the plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi will debut early next year with a projected EPA fuel rating of 100 mpg "equivalent" and an expected range of around 20 miles on purely electric power.

What it means to you: The Fusion's fuel economy figures give it a strong foothold against rivals in the highly competitive midsize sedan segment.


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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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