2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. Its Competition

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The new Ford Fusion Hybrid's confident road manners and sleek styling amplify the impact of its 47-mpg fuel economy in a way that'll have its competition playing catch-up.

The Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata hybrids already lacked some mechanical refinement and smoothness compared to other hybrids, and now their gas-mileage numbers fall far short of the Fusion's, while the Ford catches up in styling.

The Toyota Camry Hybrid's plain looks and lower fuel economy might diminish its appeal, but it still offers very good gas mileage and interior space, with some new connectivity features.

The coming Honda Accord Hybrid will offer a plug-in variant, and it's a better-looking car than before, with a renewed focus on efficiency in all forms.

Finally, those who fixate on hybrids might look at the new Nissan Altima, which delivers 38-mpg highway fuel economy, a lower figure than these gas-electric sedans, but at a much lower price--about $21,500 base.

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The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid makes an extraordinary leap forward in fuel economy--but also, in its appealing looks and handling.
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The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid, two new entries into the growing mid-size sedan hybrid segment, are more pleasant to drive than a Prius, more spacious than a Volt, and offer all the usual virtues of the popular Accord range.
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With a standout design; perky performance; great gas mileage; and exceptional value for the money, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is one of the best buys among mid-size sedans.
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The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan.
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Briskly updated in the right ways, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan promises good looks and great gas mileage for those who don't mind a CVT.
The 2012 Toyota Camry is the most fuel-efficient way to transport the family in a traditional-looking, comfortable four-door sedan.
MSRP From     
N/A$29,155$20,895$21,350$21,760$25,990
Gas Mileage     
50 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy40 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/AGas/Electric I-4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas/Electric I4
EPA Class     
N/AMid-Size CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsizeMidsize
Style Name     
N/A4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Sedan I4 2.54-Door Sedan LE (GS)
Drivetrain     
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A55555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/ASedanSedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
N/ACVT w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftContinuously Variable RatioContinuously Variable