It's official: the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is one of the most fuel-efficient hybrid cars on the market. Ford and the Environmental Protection Agency say that the new Fusion will return 47/47 mpg (city/highway), with a combined fuel-economy rating of 47 mpg.
That number trumps many of the 2013 Ford Fusion's competitors. The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is rated for 43/39 mpg, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata and 2012 Kia Optima hybrids score 35/40 mpg, and the 2012 Lexus HS250h manages 35/34 mpg. The well-known Toyota Prius tops Ford with EPA ratings of 51/48 mpg -- but the Prius is considerably smaller and less powerful than the 2013 Ford Fusion.
The new car's rating also handily trumps that of the outgoing 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which bore ratings of 41/36 mpg. The 2013 car uses a 141-hp, 2.0-liter inline-four engine and a 118-hp electric motor, with energy stored in a lithium-ion battery pack.
The 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which will share many of its mechanical components with the Fusion, is expected to return 45/45/45 mpg (city/highway/combined) in EPA testing. Earlier this year, Ford revealed that the 2013 C-Max Hybrid will mirror the Fusion with ratings of 47/47/47 mpg.
Ford also confirmed fuel-economy ratings for all versions of the 2013 Fusion. Models with the 175-hp 2.5-liter inline-four engine will return up to 22/34 mpg (city/highway). Those with the 178-hp, 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo-four should manage 25/37 mpg. 2013 Fusions with the 240-hp, 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four engine are expected to return 22/33 mpg.
Ford has started production of the 2013 Fusion at its plant in Flat Rock, Michigan to supplement capacity from another plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. The 2013 Ford Fusion starts at $22,495 (after destination) and should reach dealers this fall.