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2013 Ford Fusion: Used Car Review

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author photo by Aaron Gold November 2016

The 2013 Ford Fusion represents a banner year for the model. As part of their One Ford strategy, Ford integrated their European and American product lines, and the all-new Fusion was designed to sell on both sides of the Atlantic. The Fusion got the best of both worlds: gorgeous styling and sharp road manners to appeal to Europeans and a spacious back seat and advanced electronics to please American buyers. Along with three gasoline engines, Ford offered two electrically assisted versions: the Fusion Hybrid and the Fusion Energi, the latter a plug-in hybrid that could drive 21 miles on battery power alone.

In our opinion, the 2013 Ford Fusion is one of the best-looking midsize sedans on the market. And unlike some advanced designs, the Fusion doesn't compromise on space. It offers plenty of back-seat legroom and headroom, though outward visibility is limited. It's also great fun to drive, as befits its European lineage, and its ride quality and noise isolation are very good. Our biggest complaint is the MyFord Touch infotainment system: Though better than earlier versions, it still comes with a steep learning curve.

What We Like

Handsome styling; roomy interior; fun to drive; hybrid and plug-in options

What We Don't

Limited outward visibility; complicated infotainment system; hybrids compromise on trunk space

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Fusion S and SE are powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 175 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Fuel-economy estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are 22 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the standard-fit 6-speed automatic transmission. The Fusion SE offers an optional 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that generates 178 hp and 184 lb-ft. EPA ratings are 25 mpg city/36 mpg hwy with the manual transmission and 23 mpg city/25 mpg hwy with the automatic.

Optional for the Fusion SE and standard on Titanium is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine good for 240 hp and 270 lb-ft. EPA ratings are 22 mpg city/32 mpg hwy. This engine can also be had with all-wheel drive in the Titanium trim; EPA ratings for this configuration are 22 mpg city/31 mpg hwy.

The Fusion is also offered with a hybrid drivetrain based on a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Total system output is 188 hp, and EPA ratings for the Hybrid are 43 mpg city/39 mpg hwy. The plug-in Fusion Energi offers 21 miles of electric-only range. The EPA rates the Fusion Energi at 38 mpg in combined driving when using gasoline power and 88 mpg equivalent when using both electricity and gasoline.

Standard Features & Options

The least-expensive 2013 Fusion is the S, which comes with air conditioning, cruise control, automatic headlights, keyless entry and SYNC voice control for the stereo and the Bluetooth speakerphone.

The SE trim adds alloy wheels, heated mirrors, a power driver's seat and satellite radio. Options include the Appearance Package (larger wheels, fog lights, upgraded upholstery and a rear spoiler), the Luxury Package (leather upholstery, power adjustable heated front seats with memory and an auto-dimming rearview mirror), the Technology Package (a MyFord Touch display stereo with an 8-inch touchscreen and gauge-cluster displays, dual-zone climate control, extra USB ports and a rearview camera) and the Luxury Driver Assist package (a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and assistance, automatic high beams and an 110-volt power outlet), plus remote starting, a sunroof, rear parking sensors, navigation, automatic parking, adaptive cruise control and collision warning and mitigation.

The Titanium trim comes with everything in the SE's Luxury and Technology packages, plus 18-in wheels, keyless ignition, auto-dimming mirrors, a sport-tuned suspension, rear parking sensors, sport front seats and a 12-speaker Sony stereo. Options include the Luxury Driver Assistance package, all-wheel drive, a sunroof, navigation, automatic parking, adaptive cruise control, collision warning and mitigation and 19-in wheels.

The Fusion Hybrid is offered in SE and Titanium trims, with standard equipment similar to other Fusions. The plug-in Hybrid Energi is offered in SE Luxury and Titanium trims, the former similar to the Fusion SE with Luxury package.

Pricing

Thanks to its advanced feature set and favorable ratings from critics, the Ford Fusion has held its value well. It finished second among midsize cars in KBB.com's 2013 Best Resale Value Awards. Even so, the Fusion has a home-field advantage: Prices tend to be lower than its Japanese rivals.

For a good idea of the 2013 Fusion's price range, check out KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following recalls for the 2013 Fusion:

In states where road salt is used, the bolts that attach the power steering-assist motor can corrode, allowing the motor to detach and causing a loss of power steering.

Some 2013 Fusions have a faulty steering gear, which could result in a loss of steering control.

Fusions with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine may develop cooling system leaks, which can result in overheating and a possible fire.

Faulty door-latch mechanisms can cause a door to open while the car is moving.

A defective circuit board may prevent the front and side airbags and seat-belt tensioners from functioning.

Some 2013 Fusions have faulty welds attaching the seat-recline mechanism to the seat frame, potentially causing the seat backs to come loose while driving.

A crack in a fuel-control module can cause a fuel leak and a fire hazard.

Some 2013 Fusions have defective headlight assemblies, resulting in reduced low-beam brightness over time.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, they'll fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The NHTSA gave the 2013 Fusion a 5-star overall rating, with five stars for frontal impacts and four for side and rollover crashes.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Fusion a Top Safety Pick+. It scored Good in all but the difficult small-overlap front crash test, in which the Fusion earned an Average rating.

The Fusion comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with 5 years/60,000 miles of powertrain coverage. Hybrid components are under warranty for 8 years or 100,000 miles. Ford's certified pre-owned program includes a 12-month/12,000-mile limited warranty and extends powertrain coverage to 7 years or 100,000 total miles.

Other Cars to Consider

2013 Mazda6 -- There's truth in Mazda's "zoom-zoom" tagline. If the Fusion's European road manners appeal to you, you'll like the Mazda6 as well.

2013 Honda Accord -- The Accord is one of the champs when it comes to room and reliability, though it's not quite as engaging to drive as the Fusion.

Autotrader's Advice

It's hard to pick our favorite version of the Fusion, since they're all pretty good. SE models offer great driving dynamics, the Titanium is brimming with technology, and the hybrids deliver excellent fuel economy for such a large car. All versions make great family-haulers, though the Hybrid and Energi do compromise trunk space -- something to consider if your family likes to travel. The Fusion has had more than its fair share of recalls, so look for clean models that have been carefully maintained, and check with the dealer to make sure all recalls have been addressed. Shop carefully for a good, clean example, and you'll have a handsome family sedan that's rewarding to drive.

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