3. 2013 Ford Fusion
While past Ford products would have settled for keeping up, the new 2013 Fusion leap-frogs the competition with impressive style and fuel economy – easily the car’s biggest highlight. Sure it’s got stylish new sheetmetal, but the new Fusion will offer five different powertrain options, with best-in-class fuel economy with each.
Gasoline engines include a 170 hp 2.5-liter and 237 hp EcoBoost 2.0-liter, while the real story is the 179 hp 1.6-liter EcoBoost that will deliver 26 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, giving it a best-in-class rating for any non-hybrid and actually beating out Chevy’s new Malibu Eco hybrid model.
A Fusion Hybrid will deliver 47 mpg city and 44 mpg highway, significantly more than even the new Camry Hybrid, and a Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will get 100 mpge – better than even the Chevy Volt (although Ford did not mention the Fusion Energi’s electric range).