The Good The 2013 Ford Fusion is available with automatic parallel parking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. Its 2-liter EcoBoost engine delivers 240 horsepower and decent fuel economy. Over 10 apps are integrated with the infotainment system, and the voice command system is the best in the industry.
The Bad The touch screen needs to be more responsive, and the navigation system's maps load slowly.
The Bottom Line Among midsize sedans, none is as technology-rich as the 2013 Ford Fusion, which mixes efficiency, driver assistance, and infotainment features in one attractive package.
The car that almost drives itself
Although immensely popular, the midsize sedan segment too often falls back on generic styling, with vehicles designed for the lowest common denominator in taste. With its 2013 Fusion, Ford breaks out of that mold, giving this midsize sedan attractive features and a distinctive character while keeping it from looking overwrought.
At the same time, Ford takes a technological lead, fitting the newest Fusion with an engine exhibiting the latest in efficiency engineering. In the cabin, the Fusion gets the MyFord Touch system, combining navigation, hands-free phone, and digital audio in one interface. More exciting are the driver assistance features, which let the car almost drive itself.
The car delivered to CNET was a 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium with all-wheel drive and a number of optional packages. As such, it priced out in the mid-$30s; a bit hefty, but most premium-level sedans would come in $10,000 or $15,000 more, similarly equipped. In Titanium trim, the car gets Ford's 2-liter EcoBoost engine.
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