2013 Ford Fusion vs. Its Competition

2013 Ford Fusion
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The new Fusion tackles three different fronts in the family-sedan wars, all at once: it's sporty, spacious, and stylish.

The Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata are still some of the more convincing efforts on two of those, with great interior room and trend-setting lines; they're also great values, but artificial steering feel and too-firm rides can be letdowns considering their curvy looks, and the Hybrid models aren't quite as well sorted out as others in the segment.

The Chevy Malibu suffers from a small back seat, mediocre gas mileage and styling, though its cockpit looks good and its steering can be very crisp, depending on wheel and tire choice.

The new Honda Accord gets kudos for not veering off-target as did the Honda Civic; it's not so dramatically changed outside, but the hybrid returns with a plug-in variant and infotainment features are finally brought up to date.

The Fusion's most compelling challenger could be the Nissan Altima: it has excellent fuel economy on four-cylinder models, a very quiet interior with supportive front seats, and a supremely isolated ride that still remains fairly responsive, though it's lost some of its sporting edge.

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco2013 Chevrolet Malibu
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2013 Honda Accord Sedan 4-door V6 Auto EX-L Angular Front Exterior View2013 Honda Accord Sedan
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2013 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto Limited Angular Front Exterior View2013 Hyundai Sonata
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2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto LX Angular Front Exterior View2013 Kia Optima
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2013 Nissan Altima 3.5SL2013 Nissan Altima
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Quick Specs
The 2013 Ford Fusion's more than a rock-star body: it handles better than any other family sedan we've driven, and doesn't cheat on interior room to deliver it.
Thinking small makes the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu a more sporty sedan, but doesn't help its rear-seat space at all.
The 2013 Honda Accord is one of America's best, most sensible sedans, even if it hasn't changed radically.
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.
The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan.
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.
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Mid-Size SedanMidsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize
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4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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SedanSedan4 Door SedanSedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftContinuously Variable Ratio
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