The brand new, fully remodeled Ford Fusion has been the talk of the town since its initial public reveal at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. Ford has delivered big time with a car that has styling cues similar to luxury car makers such as Audi, Mercedes and more notably Aston Martin. The 2013 Fusion is a slam-dunk for American auto makers as it could easily make a run for best looking sedan.
The Fusion will offer consumers a choice between conventional, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. The Fusion hybrid earned an EPA rating of 47mpg city and highway, making it the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan, according to Ford. Those who choose to go with a non-hybrid model will be able to choose from three different engine options: a 168-hp, 2.5 liter four cylinder with a six speed automatic transmission; a 179-hp, 1.6 liter Ecoboost turbo four cylinder with the choice between a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission; and a 237-hp, 2.0 liter Ecoboost four cylinder with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Fusion Energi plug-in model will boast an estimated 100+ MPGe (MPGe stands for miles per gallon equivalent, and is used when comparing electric vehicles to gas powered vehicles.).
The 2013 Ford Fusion will offer more driver assistance than any of its direct competitors and even will be able to compete with many luxury vehicles. The Fusion offers adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and prevention, collision warning, blind spot monitor and automatic parking.
The 2013 Fusion incorporates radar, cameras and sonar sensors to assist drivers in avoiding collisions and enable convenience features.
For the automatic parking feature, the Fusion can identify a spot in which it can fit, then steer while the operator uses the brake.
The collision warning feature illuminates a warning light paired with a warning sound when the forward aimed radar calculates an oncoming collision or an object in front of the car.
Very similar to the collision warning light, the blind spot monitor lights up an icon in the side mirrors when a vehicle is in the next lane of the Fusion.
The interior to the new Fusion is quite unique as it uses many unusual recycle materials. While other companies are focused on fuel efficiency, Ford engineers have also created a more "green" vehicle than competitors. Fusion's interior is made up of Repreve yarn, a fabric made from materials such as old water bottles and denim. Cloth seat Fusions contain the equivalent of 38.9 recycled, clear 16 ounce plastic bottles. According to Ford product sustainability manager, Carrie Majeske, "We are holistic in reducing our environmental foot print by utilizing post-industrial(blue jeans), post-consumer(battery cases) and sustainable materials technologies(soy foam)" "We do whatever makes the most sense for each application and environmentally from a life cycle perspective".