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7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2013 Ford Fusion Review

While a used 2013 Ford Fusion will satisfy your desire for potent engines and a sporty ride, it sits in the bottom third of our midsize car rankings due to its lowest-possible reliability rating. 

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Spacious and comfortable interior
  • Confusing MyFord Touch infotainment system

2013 Ford Fusion Overview

Is the 2013 Ford Fusion a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Ford Fusion is a good car in many ways. For one, it has some of the strongest engines and best handling in the midsize car segment. Its ownership costs are also relatively low, and its cabin materials are nice. Reliability is this vehicle’s one significant drawback.

Used 2013 Ford Fusion Performance and Interior

The 2013 Ford Fusion, a four-door sedan, offers three four-cylinder engine choices. The standard 2.5-liter engine makes 175 horsepower. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine produces 163 horsepower but has more torque for better acceleration. The most powerful engine available is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, which makes 231 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is available with the 2.0-liter engine, and a manual transmission is available for the 1.6-liter engine. The Fusion has athletic handling, but its rigid suspension doesn’t compromise ride quality.

The 1.6-liter engine is the most fuel-efficient, with an EPA-estimated rating of 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The 2.5-liter engine and 2.0-liter offer slightly lower estimates.

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The 2013 Fusion has room for five on comfortable, supportive cloth seats. Leather seats are available in some models, as are heated front seats and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The rear seats are spacious and have complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard rear seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor.

Standard equipment in the 2013 Fusion includes the voice-controlled Sync with MyFord system, which includes Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, three 12- volt outlets, and air conditioning. The standard and available infotainment systems have a reputation for being difficult to use. See how they respond to your voice commands while test driving.

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Used 2013 Ford Fusion Prices

The price of a used 2013 Ford Fusion ranges from about $10,500 to $15,400. The price you pay will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 29 professional evaluations for this 2013 Ford Fusion review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Ford Fusion?

The 2013 Ford Fusion has a reliability score of two out of five from J.D. Power. That’s the lowest rating possible.

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How Safe Is the Fusion?

The midsize Fusion receives five out of five stars overall in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing. It received a five-star rating for the frontal crash test, and four stars for the rollover and side crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Fusion a Top Safety Pick+. It earned the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front, side, rear, and roof strength crash tests. It earned the second-highest score of Acceptable in the small overlap driver’s side front crash test.

The Fusion’s top trim, the Titanium, has a rearview camera and rear parking sensors as standard equipment. These features are available in other Fusions, along with adaptive cruise control, active park assist, front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, lane keeping assist, a blind spot information system, and MyKey, which allows owners to limit the Fusion’s top speed.

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Is the 2013 Fusion the Best Model Year to Buy?

The Ford Fusion was completely redesigned for the 2013 model year. Later model years provide some upgrades. For example, the 2014 Fusion added a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine, and the 2015 Fusion added a standard rearview camera. Unless you want the new 1.5-liter engine, you should be satisfied with the 2013 model’s abundance of features – and it will probably cost less than later models.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Ford Fusion comes in three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium. The Ford Fusion S trim’s standard features include a four-speaker audio system; four-way manual cloth seats; steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio, and five-way MyFord controls; and single-zone manual air conditioning. The Ford Fusion SE trim adds a 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar, a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, keyless entry, and rear air conditioning. The top Ford Fusion Titanium trim level adds leather-trimmed sport seats with heated front seats, a 12-speaker audio system with HD Radio, dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, the Ford SYNC voice-activated connectivity system, MyFord Touch with two configurable 4.2-inch color LCD displays in the instrument cluster, navigation, an 8-inch touch screen in the center stack, a media hub with two USB ports, and remote start. The S trim is too basic for most buyers, but the SE should meet most owners’ needs.

Due to the Fusion’s low reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program. 

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2013 Ford Fusion and Other Cars to Consider

For information on other models in the Fusion family, read our separate reviews of the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2013 Ford Fusion Energi. The Energi is a plug-in hybrid with a range of up to 19 miles on electric power.

Which Is Better: 2013 Ford Fusion or 2013 Hyundai Sonata?

Like the Fusion, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is renowned for its upscale looks and spacious interior. However, the Hyundai offers above-average reliability, while the Fusion has the lowest-possible reliability rating. The Sonata also has better fuel economy than the Ford.

Which Is Better: 2013 Ford Fusion or 2013 Ford Focus?

The 2013 Ford Focus is the Fusion’s smaller corporate sibling. The Focus is a good alternative in spite of its smaller size. It has better fuel economy from an engine with only slightly less horsepower. The Focus won our 2013 Best Compact Car for the Money award. It’s a good choice if you don’t need to ferry four adults on a regular basis.

Which Is Better: 2013 Ford Fusion or 2013 Toyota Camry?

Like the Fusion, the 2013 Toyota Camry is a midsize sedan. It gets better fuel efficiency around town than the Fusion and has a substantially higher reliability rating. The Fusion has a much roomier passenger cabin and sportier handling, but the Camry is still the better choice.

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