The 2013 Ford Fusion will start at $22,495, including a $795 destination fee, when it goes on sale early this fall. That puts the new Fusion on pretty competitive footing compared with its competitors: The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu ($23,150) and 2012 Toyota Camry ($22,850) cost more out the gate, while the 2013 Nissan Altima ($22,280) and 2013 Hyundai Sonata ($21,670) are only slightly less expensive.
The 2013 Fusion will be available in S, SE, SE Hybrid and top-of-the-line Titanium trims at launch. A plug-in hybrid of the Fusion, called the Ford Fusion Energi, will be available later.
Here's the breakdown:The Fusion S and SE come standard with a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, achieving 22/34 mpg city/highway, Ford says. The Titanium model comes with a standard 240-hp, 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission, and it is expected to get 22/33 mpg.
The Fusion S comes standard with halogen projector headlamps; LED taillamps; power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; cruise control; steering-wheel-mounted controls; MyKey; a capless refueling system; automatic headlights; Ford Sync; integrated spotter mirrors; a security system; and 16-inch steel wheels. Like the 2013 Ford Escape, the S trim Fusion doesn't have many options, so you'd need to move up to the SE trim if you want a few extras.
The Fusion SE starts at $24,495 and comes with a 10-way powered driver's seat, a keyless entry keypad and 17-inch alloy wheels. The SE is the Fusion's most customizable trim, and likely Ford's volume model.
A fuel-efficient 173-hp, 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with a start-stop system is available on the SE for $25,290, including destination. The EcoBoost is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; both are no-cost options. The model is expected to achieve 26/37 mpg. The 1.6-liter runs more optimally on premium fuel, but it can use regular, too.
240-hp, 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is an option on the SE for $26,745, including destination. Other options for the SE include remote start, moonroof, reverse-sensing parking system, MyFord Touch, backup camera, self-dimming mirrors, a self-parking system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and many other features that can rapidly move the price of the SE to nearly $35,000.
If you want an even ritzier Ford Fusion, there's the Titanium trim, which starts at $30,995 with front-wheel drive and $32,995 with all-wheel drive. (The Titanium trim is the only Fusion with an all-wheel-drive option.) The model comes standard with push-button start, a 12-speaker stereo, MyFord Touch, leather seating and dual-integrated exhaust. A fully loaded Fusion tops out at around $38,000. By comparison, a 2012 Audi A4 with Quattro all-wheel drive starts at $33,300.
The Fusion SE Hybrid starts at $27,995, including destination. Official gas-mileage ratings for the model isn't yet available, but Ford is confident the model should achieve best-in-class hybrid figures of 47/44 mpg. The SE Hybrid is more expensive than the Toyota Camry Hybrid ($26,785) and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid ($26,625).