Fusion reaction

2013 Ford Fusion

Let’s get it out of the way. There’s an undeniably Aston Martin aura about the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion. And rights (or rites) of design or not, we reckon it’s been a while since anyone’s spoken that highly about a mid-size Ford sedan. At least not here in the U.S. and perhaps going all the way back to the long gone, but much beloved, and potent 1st generation Ford Taurus SHO.

Besides getting all the coolest appliances, Europeans have also had access to the Ford Mondeo, a car that’s won a lion’s share of accolades and also managed to make itself a valid reason for picking a Ford over a BMW. No small feat. Over time the Mondeo has proven its chops as a well engineered car that drives and looks like the European sedan you’ve wanted and expected from Ford. But just like that Poggenpohl kitchen, you couldn’t just drive down to the dealership and buy one. That is, until now.

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Finally, after what has seemed like a decade’s worth of groaning by enthusiasts and pundits alike, Ford is bringing the Mondeo stateside by way of its global platform. That means, we get all of the important underpinnings that matter shrouded in an sexy, yeah we said sexy, new sheetmetal and interior. Just look at that grille. For giddy-up, Ford is offering, in a decidedly European manner, to give users the choice of a variety of powertrain options. How many? Whatever five different engines, two transmissions, and a front-wheel or all-wheel drive option add up to be. You can do the math. Engines will range from a four-cylinder 170 horsepower (170 lb-ft torque) to an EcoBoost 237 horsepower (250 lb-ft torque) mill, or two hybrid engines. One, which gets roughly the same gas mileage as a Prius, and the other, a plug-in hybrid called the Ford Fusion Energi, that’s miserly enough to sip fuel at an effective 100 miles per gallon. If you happen to have a financially allergic reaction to gas stations, this is the equivalent of vehicular Allegra.

With the 2013 Ford Fusion, there’s no shortage of choice, and there’s certainly no shortage in the looks, technology, or safety department either. You can expect to see lane guidance, blind-spot detection, active park assist, MyFord Touch, Microsoft SYNC, even Apps all packed into the Fusion along with airbags in every direction. In combination, Ford may just have created what amounts to be the best looking American made sedan we’ve seen since, well, the Taurus SHO. Even more exciting? This time, Americans get the Fusion first.

Editor’s Note: By the time you’re reading this, we’ll be hopping into a 2013 Ford Fusion at the Detroit Auto Show. More on that soon.

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