According to Ford, the all-new 2013 Fusion Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan available in North America with ratings of 4.0 L/100 km city and 4.1 L/100 km highway.
Those numbers are significantly better than the figures for the similarly-sized 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (5.6/4.7), Kia Optima Hybrid (5.6/4.9) and Toyota Camry Hybrid (4.5/4.9) – as well as the smaller Honda Civic Hybrid (4.4/4.2) and Insight (4.7/4.4).
The Fusion offers the widest range of powertrain options in the mid-size segment, Ford says.
In addition to the Fusion Hybrid, there are two turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engines and a normally-aspirated four from which to choose and a plug-in hybrid has also been announced in the U.S. As with several of its major competitors, a V-6 engine is no longer available.
With its 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine, Fusion also offers an optional, Ford-patented Auto Start-Stop system, which automatically shuts off the engine when stopped at idle to help save fuel in stop-and-go city driving. It's said to improve fuel efficiency by as much as 3.5 percent, as well as reducing emissions.
The new Ford sedan is available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations with either six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions, depending on choice of engine.
"We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles, with customers able to choose the fuel-efficient powertrain that best fits their lifestyle," says Ford president and CEO, Alan Mulally.
Fuel economy numbers for the remainder of the Fusion lineup are:
1.6-litre EcoBoost – FWD; manual : 8.0 L/100 km city, 5.3 L/100 km highway
1.6-litre EcoBoost – FWD; automatic : 8.7 L/100 km city, 5.5 L/100 km highway
2.0-litre EcoBoost – FWD; automatic : 9.2 L/100 km city, 5.9 L/100 km highway
2.0-litre EcoBoost – AWD; automatic : 9.5 L/100 km city, 6.3 L/100 km highway
2.5-litre iVCT – FWD ; automatic: 9.2 L/100 km city, 5.8 L/100 km highwa
2.0-litre EcoBoost Hybrid – FWD; CVT: 4.0 L/100 km city, 4.1 L/100 km highway
Starting prices for the 2013 Fusion in Canada range from $22,499 for the 2.5-litre Fusion S with FWD and automatic transmission to $33,999 for the Fusion Titanium AWD with automatic.
MSRP for the Fusion Hybrid is $29,999. (All prices quoted are without $1550 destination charge).