The EPA posted fuel economy numbers for the 2013 Ford Fusion in front-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive and hybrid flavors, but they were quickly removed from certain parts of the FuelEconomy.gov website. Car and Driver snagged the numbers before they disappeared, however, and it makes for fine reading.

It's a toss-up nowadays as to whether an automatic or manual will get the ultimate economy, but the best numbers among the conventional Fusion powertrains are the 25 city / 37 highway miles per gallon returned by the six-speed-manual-equipped FWD Fusion with the 179-horsepower 1.6-liter EcoBoost motor. Numbers for the six-speed automatic are right behind, at 23 city / 36 highway.

Dropping nine horsepower and a turbocharger will get you price but not efficiency gains, with the 170-hp naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four doing 22 city / 34 hwy. In the other direction, that's one small mpg away from the 22 hwy / 33 city to be had by the 237-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. Add all-wheel drive to the equation and pay a 2-mpg penalty, with the 237-hp motor doing 22 city / 31 hwy when turning all four wheels.

Of course the hybrid Fusion killed it, getting 47 city and 47 hwy. That is only bested by the 2012 Toyota Prius C and Prius, ties the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and beats the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid. Among its competitors, the Fusion is in the mosh pit with the 2012 Toyota Camry's 25 city / 35 hwy, the Honda Accord's 27 city / 37 hwy and the Chevrolet Malibu's 22 city / 34 hwy, with just the sedan-surfing Nissan Altima jumping out at 27 city / 38 hwy.


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      Brutal
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would appear that Ford is back on top, at least in popular opinion. If GM is not careful, they will get pushed aside again and this time by an American car company.
      ak47
      • 2 Years Ago
      And this makes the Chevy Malibu suck even more...why dont they just make a true hybrid instead of a mild hybrid? costs the same but gets worse performance....even the new Altima beats the Eco version
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ak47
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      rails
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2007 Montego with 180,00 miles. My last car was a Taurus with 170,000 when my daughter wrecked it, the car before that was a Mercury with 270,000. Junk?
        kalvinsukkingdom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rails
        i have owned every american brand of vehicle and 2 foreign made cars. I cant speak for everyone, but i believe Ford is number one with a great record, and dont even try to compare any truck with the f150! Stick with what works and not those who are continually bailed out of bankruptcy!
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      The styling alone makes it quite desirable.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      nothing like reporting on news that's more than 2 weeks old... keep up the good work Autoblog...
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        Technically, Autoblog isn't really a news site. Many of us may get our news here, but it's still a blog first. There are many other sites that are more news oriented. With that said, this was still "news" to me, so the fact that it's 2 weeks old doesn't mean a whole lot to me.
      rafael1991
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, I have never been a Ford man, but judging on styling alone, it would be hard not to be one nowadays. Kudos to the design team at Ford. I have not seen one ugly model come out for two years straight. Now if I could only get over my fear of them. Hmm?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like the hybrid and Energi are getting the exact drivetrains from the Cmax. Although I'm really excited about the Cmax drivetrains, I'm not thrilled with the body. It should have stayed in Europe as far as I'm concerned. I would be very interested if the C-max retained three rows of seating. What American wants buy a minivan with the third row of seats removed? The Fusion is a winner here, and every redesign is better that the one before. I think a wagon version of this Fusion would have a lot more appeal than a two row C-max.
      Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think pricing is going to be a big decider for whether the ecoboost sells since it's so similar to the 2.5L. I'm not really sure they need 4 different powertrain options...3 probably would have been fine.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bruce Lee
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        Self Made
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Bruce Lee

        One thing is for sure... cars like actors.. need branding.. and it's always subjective which fits the variety of needs of the consumer... 

        speaking of Branding Bruce Lee lives on.. Ford has a solid brand... and will continue to produce great cars. 

      rwinthrop
      • 2 Years Ago
      when will the 2013 frord fusion be in the showrooms
        comintheusa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rwinthrop
        They're arriving at dealer showrooms right now. Go to ford.com and then build and price one using your zip code. It should show any that are available in your zip code.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @comintheusa
          What? who downvoted mike? are we downvoting people for telling the truth now? Same with the C-Max. They are on the website for "Dealer Ordered" but the guy at my local dealership says they won't be in for another couple weeks. The regular fusions will be coming pretty soon with the hybrid to come early next year and then the energi to follow a few months later.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @comintheusa
          They're making their way to dealers.
      jrrtolkiennut
      • 2 Years Ago
      MPG's are going to vary from brand to brand, company to company, and model to model as far as how accurate they will actually be. For many, many, many years and various brands and models I could fairly consistently expect to get roughly 2 to 4 MPG MORE then what a vehicle was highway rated for. I then opted for another change back in Dec. 2010 and snagged what was supposed to be a fairly fuel efficient SUV, more specifically a GMC Terrain. I wanted something bigger that I could possibly travel in, as I was getting more and more hopes of getting in good with one boss I kept going back to for work and was hoping for some really good on the road work. The GMC Terrain I had turned out to be one annoyance after another, not to mention the dealership I kept trying to deal with and get things fixed and properly reimbursed. I kept making complaint after complaint for various things. Anyway, one of the issues I had with it was the exceptionally poor gas mileage which was WELL UNDER the stated ratings. I'm guessing one of a few things. Either GMC (or all of GM in general) has been fudging their numbers to show things on a particularly high end, or they gave exceptionally well hand made models to the ones who give the MPG ratings, or they got the raters to change the method of how they rate. All in all it looked like a pretty shady deal to me from my perspective. After other issues of things I fought to get fixed and reimbursed for I got completely fed up with the model within a year and started roaming around looking for a change. And for me that's a SUPREMELY BIG THING. For new vehicles I don't expect to be trading them in until much closer to a 10 year mark. Anyway, I finally got a call from the boss I kept going back to locally and he offered me a massive opportunity to travel across the country for work. It lit a fire under my butt more to narrow down my decision more quickly, and I gave in to a model I had originally thought about that I liked a lot, but nixed because of the rated poorer gas mileage. I picked up a new Jeep Wrangler unlimited and am fairly happy with my choice. I'm actually getting pretty close to the same MPG's I was getting out of that horrible Terrain. I would of course like a tad bit better MPG's out of it, but at least with the Jeep company after several months I'm getting back to my usual expected approximate few MPG's over the highway rating. All in all I'd say if you're unsure about a company and the promises they make about their models, try and get a hold of them and get them to let you drive them for a week or two to properly test them out under REAL WORLD conditions. Some compaines just can't be trusted, and will just make up excuses for the poorly made or designed models and stometimes try and blame it on the driver.
        ss1591
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jrrtolkiennut
        If your unhappy with the estimated MPG contact the EPA not GM! All cars that are tested come from a dealership that does not know in advance who is buying it to avoid "fixing" something that people claim when their cars fall short of EPA ratings. Just so you know when the cars are tested the gas is 100 percent gasoline not a mixture that many states require. The gas being non blended will cost you 10% right from the get go, also the cars are tested at sea level with average humidity and temperatures. The SUV's are tested with the smaller tires / wheels and without a lot of the options that many people buy. No matter what brand you buy these testing procedures are the same. If you want to know why some imports do better its because they don't offer as many upgrades such as larger tires. FYI there is no such thing as real world conditions just preset conditions that should be changed, next time rent the car you are looking at to see what your real mileage will be!
      MJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll take a V6 Accord...278 HP, no turbo lag, 34MPG highway. So much for Honda being behind the curve.
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