TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes Ford’s Stylish 2013 Fusion Hybrid For a Spin

by , 09/27/12

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The all-new Fusion adopts many of the design cues from the Evos concept that Ford unveiled last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Its exterior has a more European look, and everyone loves drawing connections between an Aston Martin and the new Fusion’s face, which is not a bad thing.

The interior of the 2013 Fusion Hybrid is now more upscale than before and gets all the latest technology like the SYNC with MyFord Touch system, rear view camera, dual LCD smart Gauge Cluster, Bluetooth and a navigation screen. The Fusion Hybrid is more than just a sedan with green hybrid drivetrain. Ford has also decided to construct many parts of the Fusion Hybrid’s interior out of recycled parts. The Fusion’s cloth seat surfaces are made with 100-percent REPREVE yarn, which is a hybrid of materials once utilized for industry purposes and materials used by everyday consumers. Cloth-seat Fusion models also contain the equivalent of 38.9 recycled, clear 16-ounce plastic bottles.

Under the hood, the Fusion Hybrid is powered by a new 2.0L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which gives it a total 185 horsepower. Ford has also added a new lithium-ion battery, which gives the Fusion Hybrid the ability to travel up to 62 mph in full electric mode. The EPA recently gave the Fusion Hybrid a 47 mpg city and 47 mpg highway rating, which beats out the Toyota Camry Hybrid, one of the Fusion Hybrid’s biggest competitors.

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