2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Rated at 47 MPG

By Colin Bird  on September 18, 2012


When the new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid goes on sale later this fall, it will do so with a 47/47/47 mpg city/highway/combined rating from the EPA under its more stringent five-cycle testing methodology. The Fusion SE Hybrid starts at $27,995, including destination.

That's a big improvement over the 2012 Fusion Hybrid, which gets 41/36/39 mpg. The new Fusion Hybrid's gas mileage also beats other midsize family sedan hybrids, like the 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE (43/39/41 mpg), 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid and the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (both rated at 35/40/37 mpg). The 2014 Honda Accord will have hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, but there's no word yet on their gas mileage.

While the Fusion Hybrid offers exemplary fuel-economy figures for a hybrid family sedan — figures that nearly rival the Toyota Prius' figures — unfortunately, the gasoline-only Ford Fusions offer fairly mediocre gas-mileage figures compared with new models like the Nissan Altima and Honda Accord.

All Fusion Hybrids come equipped with a 141-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder and a 118-hp electric motor/generator mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. There's a regenerative braking system and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery for power storage. The Fusion Hybrid also has active grille shutters and an aerodynamic underbody kit. Along with boasting great fuel-economy figures, the hybrid system can travel on electric-only power at speeds up to 62 mph.

The Fusion SE Hybrid also comes equipped with leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Sync, MyFord Touch, a 10-way power driver's seat and 17-inch alloy wheels. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, 18-inch alloy wheels, a navigation system, moonroof and adaptive cruise control are optional.

All Fusion Hybrids will be built in Mexico; the regular Fusion is built in Mexico and Michigan.

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