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?
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.