EPA testing has confirmed Ford’s original estimate of 47 mpg for the 2013 Fusion Hybrid. In fact, The fusion achieved 47 mpg in all three categories (city, highway, combined), making it one of the most efficient hybrids around.
The new ratings mark a major improvement over the 2012 Fusion Hybrid (41/36 mpg), but they also make the 2013 Fusion Hybrid more fuel efficient than its midsize competitors.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is rated at 43/39 mpg, while the mechanically-identical Hyundai and Kia Optima are rated at 35/40 mpg.
The 2013 Fusion Hybrid also beats the smaller Honda Insight (40/43 mpg) and Civic Hybrid (44/44), an impressive achievement for a generously proportioned midsize sedan.
At 51 mpg city and 48 mpg highway, a Toyota Prius is still more efficient than the Fusion. However, the Fusion offers more space and more power, and is much better to look at.
The Fusion Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and an electric motor; total system output is 188 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. That means it has slightly less power than the Korean twins (206 hp) and the Camry (200 hp).
The 2.0-liter gasoline engine is based on Ford’s EcoBoost line of engines, and is connected to a Continuously Variable Transmission. The drivetrain can operate solely on electric power up to 62 mph.
The 2013 Fusion Hybrid will also be offered in fancier duds as the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Luxury buyers will sacrifice two mpg, but a 45/45 mpg rating still beats the 2013 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid’s 40 city, 39 highway, and 40 combined mpg
Ford also has mpg numbers non-hybrid Fusion models. The 175 hp, 2.5-liter inline-four is rated at 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. The 178 hp turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost four will return 25/37 mpg. Finally, the 240 hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost will return 22/33 mpg.
With the Fusion Hybrid, MKZ, and C-Max Hybrid and Energi, Ford is challenging Toyota’s traditional dominance of the hybrid segment with an equally broad range of cars that parody their competitors’ fuel efficiency.
Ford will also launch the Fusion Energi in 2013. This plug-in hybrid is expected to achieve over 100 MPGe.
The conventional Fusion will start at $22,495 when it hits showrooms this fall. The Hybrid will start at $27,200. The Energi will follow the rest of the 2013 Fusion lineup by a few months, going on sale in the spring of 2013.