2013 Ford Fusion

2013 Fusion rental and test drive

On a recent excursion to the San Diego area, I had occasion to spend so time behind the wheel of a 2013 Ford Fusion SE.  Rented through National's Emerald program, the car had only ~1300 miles on it, and was in pristine condition.  This is a car that I have been interested in from both an aesthetics point of view, as well as feature/function, quality, and driveability.

The fit and finish of this car was, overall, remarkable - polished interior with no evidence of shoddy craftsmanship or poor engineering.  The materials felt of quality, and while not on the order of the over-the-top Pagani interiors, the Fusion's did not feel fragile or chintzy.  Likewise, the exterior construction exhibited very satisfactory build and materials quality.

Exterior styling, namely the Aston-Martin-esque intake/grill treatment, is what originally attracted me to the Fusion.  Incidentally, many, if not all of the 2013 Ford-car lineup appears to be adopting the same masculine styling.

The Fusion's interior, reference SE model, appeals to the engineer and technologist with multiple large-format LCDs, cockpit-like controls layout, and fluid styling touches.  Controls and instrumentation are well-positioned and mostly easy to navigate and operate.  Thumb-reach steering wheel controls, while abundant, did not strike me as intuitive.  However, I suspect a read through the documentation and some concerted effort developing familiarity with them would clear up this concern.

Feature and function of the Fusion was rich, and exceeded expectations for a car in its class and price point.  I do believe there is a great deal of value to be had in the ownership of this vehicle.

Driveability - at the end of the day, a car must absolutely be driveable, at least to the degree necessary to serve the purpose of the car's owner.  I found the Fusion SE capable, though not commensurate to that which may be implied by its styling.  Mind, this car is no V6-equipped (or even a high-output turbo-4) performance-minded rocket, and while it's capable of making quite a lot of noise, even in Tip-mode, I felt hard-pressed to find a sweet spot in ten year old V6 Passat B5.5 could trounce the Fusion in any conceivable performance competition I feel.  However, styling aside, what the Fusion returns in operatonal economy cannot be discounted.

Ford Fusion

Final thoughts - I would seriously consider the Fusion SE against other cars in its class (domestic and foreign), and would likely cast my vote towards the Ford for all that it delivers.  I would like to see Ford offer a power plant option which included either I turbo bolt-on, or perhaps a high-efficiency, performance-minded turbo-diesel.  A high output "6" option would undoubtedly attract an entirely different strata of consumer as well, and especially so if the configuration were conducive to an after-market super-charger and performance exhaust.

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I just returned from a trip to Texas where I was obliged to rent a Ford Fusion Titanium Edition through National Car Rental. Where the Fusion SE that I rented in San Diego fell short on peppiness, the Titanium edition that I rented in Texas was worlds apart – and sported an even more attractive interior to boot. All things considered, the Fusion Titanium would almost certainly be my vehicle of choice if I were in the market today – I can’t see spending any more on a car, and this car gives a tremendous overall value in fit, finish, features, aesthetics, and performance.

Adam - 14-08-’13 22:37