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March 31, 2013

New Ford Fusion looks like a winner

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Shoppers appreciate the choice of three engines in the new Fusion, said Berry. They especially like the fuel economy that each engine option delivers, he added.

The base model of the 2013 Fusion comes with a four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission that yield an EPA fuel-economy rating of 22 miles per gallon in city driving, and 34 mpg on the highway. The two optional engines above the base level decrease in size, but they match or exceed the larger engine in both power and fuel efficiency. That’s because the higher-priced engines are Ford EcoBoost motors, which use turbochargers to complement other advanced engine technologies that maximize both power and efficiency.

A 1.6-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine available in Fusion produces 178 horsepower – three more than the base engine – while delivering a fuel-economy rating of 23 mpg city, 36 mpg highway. It does even better when paired with a five-speed manual transmission, reaching 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway.

The third choice, a 2.0-liter EcoBoost, gains considerably more muscle, rising to 240 horsepower. Yet it still pulls in a fuel-use rating of 22 mpg city, 33 mpg highway in a front-drive Fusion.

An all-wheel-drive version of Fusion uses the more powerful, 2.0-liter EcoBoost. The addition of four-wheel traction cuts highway fuel mileage by two mpg, while the city mileage rating remains unchanged at 22 mpg. All-wheel drive is available only the top-level, Titanium version of Fusion, boosting its list price to $32,995.

At Regan Ford customers choose mostly front-drive versions of Fusion, Barry reported. The car comes with electronic stability control and traction control, which provide an added measure of security in poor road conditions. That makes four-wheel traction less essential, he said. Other standard safety features in the sedan include eight air bags and advanced antilock brakes. Extra-cost options include blind-spot monitoring, lane-drift detection, adaptive cruise control and a back-up camera.

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