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2013 Ford Fusion Titanium AWD

Cool Compact Sedan

A side view of the 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium AWD
In short: A sporty and efficient small sedan.

2013 Ford Fusion Titanium AWD Review

Fitted with a peppy, fuel-sipping 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4, the 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium is both fun and efficient.

The available all-wheel drive with AdvanceTrac electronic stability control provides a surefooted feel, while high-tech options like adaptive cruise control a lane keeping system provide extra assurance. Inside, our Titanium trim-level tester came stocked with cool extras like Sony audio, remote start and a rear view camera. But how does it all come together in the driving experience?

Ford Fusion Titanium Interior

The current generation fusion drew lots of attention for its styling when it was introduced. It set the tone of Ford’s design language for the last few years, featuring all the hallmarks: “Aston Martin” grille, flattened oval headlights, long, low bodies with pronounced character lines. We find that the Fusion’s exterior is one of the most coherent among midsized sedans. The interior, however, follows the pattern of every Ford except the Mustang in looking like something that was designed by a Transformer. As with those aboard the Focus and Fiesta, the Fusion’s dash and center stack have a functional, but distinctly robotic feel. The audio system and infotainment, featuring Sony SYNC with MyFord Touch, was complicated to use.

While its true that most Fusion owners will probably never take their cars to the track, we do have at least some academic information to report on how the Fusion titanium performs. Our test car, fitted with a version of the 2.0 liter turbo ecoboost four also found in the Focus ST hot hatch, felt decently quick. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, the Fusion Titanium is supposed to hit 60 in around 6.9 seconds.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance

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QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $32,200 / As Tested: $37,670

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4
Horsepower: 240 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed SelectShift automatic with paddle shifters

Curb weight: 3,711 lbs
Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 191.8 / 83.5 / 58.2 in
Turning circle: 37.7 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: European-inspired independent MacPherson strut front; multi-link rear

Traction: AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control

0-60 mph: 6.8 seconds
60-0 mph: 117 ft
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 22 mpg
EPA Highway: 31 mpg
Combined MPG: 25 mpg

Seating Capacity: 5
Safety: dual-stage front airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags; side curtain airbags


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Photography: AlphaMedia

Make: Ford, Vehicle Type: Sedan

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