Ford Motor Co, which has always expressed their interest in boosting the fuel economy of its lineup to attract car buyers, has won the “Green Car of the Year” title for its Fusion at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan is the least expensive car to earn the title.
The Fusion offers in a wide range of powertrain options, from a standard 2.5-liter engine to a plug-in hybrid system. With its base 2.5-liter four cylinder, the Fusion gets an EPA average of 26 mpg.
Prospective buyers can also upgrade to either a 1.6-liter EcoBoost that returns 23 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined with an automatic transmission, or 2-liter Ecoboost engine that gives out 22 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined.
Ford’s all-new Fusion, which starts at $21,700, exhibits a stunning design and Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Fusion Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine and holds a lithium-ion battery pack, and so does the plug-in Fusion Energi.
For $39,495, buyers can opt for a larger battery pack and the ability to drive up to 20 miles on electricity alone, at speeds up to 62 mph.
The other 2013 nominees were the Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-Max, Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv and Toyota Prius C.