2013 Ford Fusion
Neither of these issues changes the chief reasons we want the Fusion in our driveway--for its handling, its excellent front and rear seating, its suave good looks. If so inclined, you can steer clear of the MyFord Touch infotainment interface--or you can embrace it as the future and get used to its complex behavior.
The 2013 Ford Fusion still is priced at a premium over sedans like the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, the two other highly-rated new family sedans for 2013. It feels premium. The Accord may offer a better ownership experience, and the Altima is less expensive to buy--but neither one gives us a reason to spend more, or to drive more.
The Fusion does. If the choice was ours, we know which one we'd pick--a 1.6-liter EcoBoost manual with navigation, blind-spot monitors, leather seats, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, all for a little less than $30,000.
And that may be a final caveat: we're car enthusiasts. When a car can deliver on the fundamentals and jolt us into fanboi status at the same time, it beats out the box-checkers, every time.
That's why the Fusion wins.