The Ford Fusion hybrid was completely redesigned for the 2013 model year (along with the regular non-hybrid Fusion), and this was apparently a chance for Ford engineers to improve safety. While the previous version fell short of the much sought-after National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-star Overall Vehicle Score, the new one nails it.
"The new five-star safety award from NHTSA is in addition to the 2013 Fusion being named a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) last month. The Top Safety Pick + designation is the highest rating the organization has for vehicle safety," writes Ford.
The 2013 Fusion hybrid was introduced at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show (follow the link for our coverage) and it is rated by the EPA at an even 47 MPG city and 47 MPG highway.
It features an all-new, downsized Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2.0L instead of 2.5L, with a total output estimated at 185 hp (138 kW) and 130 ft·lb (180 N·m) of torque. The Nickel-metal hydride battery pack has been replaced with a lighter and more powerful lithium-ion battery pack, which allows the 2013 Fusion hybrid to drive on electric-power only at speeds of up to 62 MPH, compared to 47 MPH for the 2010 Fusion hybrid.
It is already available for sale n the U.S. with a starting MSRP of $27,200.