With the new Fusion, Ford sees an opportunity to reach buyers who grokked to the first-generation car's brisk handling and standout Hybrid model. The new gas-powered Fusion has some of the best road manners in the class, with good electric power steering feel and a firm--it says European-influenced--ride. It's not alone in that positioning, but the gap has widened between it and the Nissan Altima, which now feels more composed and quiet than in its early, brash versions. Those two are now our top choices in the segment, along with the carryover favorites, the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima--and barring any upsets from the upcoming 2014 Mazda Mazda6.
We've driven both the standard sedan and the hybrid, and have much more in the way of driving impressions and more results from our road tests. For everything we know on this striking new sedan's performance, utility, features, styling, and more, see our full review of the 2013 Ford Fusion and the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid.