2013 Ford Fusion Energi

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    38 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    141-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Styling
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Backseat seating position

The Bad

  • Some controls slow to respond

Notable Features of the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi

  • Redesigned for 2013
  • Based on redesigned 2013 Fusion
  • Available plug-in Fusion Energi
  • Touch-sensitive dashboard controls

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Ford redesigned the Fusion for 2013 as a global car headed for international markets as the Mondeo. It's a different tack from the prior Fusion, which was distinct from its international counterpart. Relative to its predecessor, the Fusion Hybrid sees improvements to city and highway gas mileage. Competitors include hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, as well as the diesel-powered Volkswagen Passat TDI.

There is also a plug-in hybrid version called the Fusion Energi that can travel up to 21 miles on electric power.


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Exterior
Design cues mirror the Evos Concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, with thin headlamps that sweep clear toward the front fenders and a low, forward grille. The belt line stays visually flat in contrast to the rising lines on most sedans. The bumper runs flush with the trunk lid, with integrated tailpipes beneath.

Interior
Inside, the Fusion adopts MyFord Touch with a few more physical keys along with detents to help drivers find buttons easier. Thinner seats free up rear legroom, and Ford says it moved the dash closer to the windshield to open up visual space.

A three-spoke steering wheel stacks audio controls under Ford's five-way directional keys, which control LCD menus that flank the speedometer. Like most hybrids, the Fusion Hybrid's battery pack sacrifices some trunk room versus the non-hybrid Fusion.

Under the Hood
The Fusion Hybrid teams a 2.0...

Vehicle Overview

Ford redesigned the Fusion for 2013 as a global car headed for international markets as the Mondeo. It's a different tack from the prior Fusion, which was distinct from its international counterpart. Relative to its predecessor, the Fusion Hybrid sees improvements to city and highway gas mileage. Competitors include hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, as well as the diesel-powered Volkswagen Passat TDI.

There is also a plug-in hybrid version called the Fusion Energi that can travel up to 21 miles on electric power.


(Skip to details on the: Fusion Energi)

Exterior
Design cues mirror the Evos Concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, with thin headlamps that sweep clear toward the front fenders and a low, forward grille. The belt line stays visually flat in contrast to the rising lines on most sedans. The bumper runs flush with the trunk lid, with integrated tailpipes beneath.

Interior
Inside, the Fusion adopts MyFord Touch with a few more physical keys along with detents to help drivers find buttons easier. Thinner seats free up rear legroom, and Ford says it moved the dash closer to the windshield to open up visual space.

A three-spoke steering wheel stacks audio controls under Ford's five-way directional keys, which control LCD menus that flank the speedometer. Like most hybrids, the Fusion Hybrid's battery pack sacrifices some trunk room versus the non-hybrid Fusion.

Under the Hood
The Fusion Hybrid teams a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that runs on a more efficient Atkinson cycle with an electric motor, for 185 total horsepower. A lithium-ion battery powers the motor, which allows the Fusion Hybrid to cruise on electric power at speeds up to 62 mph. That's a 15-mph improvement over the last Fusion Hybrid. Ford maintains performance will be similar between the 2.0-liter Fusion Hybrid and its 2.5-liter predecessor, with overall gas mileage at 44/41 mpg city/highway — besting the outgoing car's 41/36 mpg, as well as the Camry Hybrid (up to 43/39 mpg) and Sonata Hybrid (35/40 mpg).

Ford says it redesigned the Fusion's multilink rear suspension and improved its hood sealing, which should help quiet the cabin. Hybrid and Energi models have active noise cancellation, something the non-hybrid Fusion goes without.

Safety
Front and side airbags, including dual knee airbags, are standard. So are the federally required antilock brakes and electronic stability system. High-tech safety features rival many luxury cars, with lane departure warning and mitigation systems, drowsy-driver detection and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, a blind spot warning system, cross-traffic alert and Ford's automatic parking system.

Fusion Energi
At full charge, the Fusion Energi is capable of traveling up to 21 miles on electric power with a combined total range of around 620 miles.

Sharing essentially the same powertrain as the Fusion Hybrid model, the Energi plug-in features a larger rechargeable battery that can be charged bya 240- or 120-volt power source via an illuminated charge door on the front driver's side fender. Due to the larger battery pack, trunk space in the Energi drops to 8.2 cubic feet, compared to the Hybrid model's 12 cubic feet.

Like its hybrid counterpart, the Energi features auto start/stop, low-rolling resistance tires and regenerative braking for increased fuel efficiency.
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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

FAST AND FURIOUS IN STYLE

by lainy0606 from Rio Linda, CA on June 30, 2018

I love this car. It is the best car I have ever bought. It is elegant, stylish, comfortable, and better for our air. And priced right too! Read full review

(4.0)

Great value with gas milage and electric

by Matty Iceberg from Los Angeles, CA on May 4, 2018

It is nicer than I thought, very comfortable and mid luxury model, with the electric charging. It has all the bells and whistles and the gas milage is great, as well as getting me into the HOV lane ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Fusion Energi received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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