The staff over at AOL Autos did what many websites do at the end of the year and nominated its top 5 products of the year; in AOL Auto’s case, the top 5 cars from 2012.
The winner? The 2013 Ford Fusion.
Though for the life of me I’ve no idea why.
Let’s be honest for a moment. The Ford Fusion does look beautiful. To quote the AOL Autos staff, “the bold styling is seen in the car’s front-end, which is audaciously reminiscent of the Aston Martin Rapide,” and if anything that’s a win right there.
However, looks and pricing aside, the Ford Fusion only runs a combined fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon which, in this day and age, is verging on horribly low for any ‘car of the year’.
AOL Autos states that the “Ford Fusion boldly redesigned to not only raise the bar from the original Fusion, but to meet the stalwarts of the category–Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima–pound for pound and dollar for value for performance, value and quality.”
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Nothing to be said there about fuel efficiency.
So, while the Ford Fusion may look pretty and compete well with its competitors in handling and value, in a day and age where petrol prices are simply sky-rocketing through the ceiling of anyone’s budget, it beggars belief that you can name a mid-sized sedan with only 28 mpg combined as anyone’s car of the year.
Authors Note: while the Ford Fusion does come in a Hybrid version, AOL Autos refer to the Consumer Reports reports stating the advertised fuel economy does not add up in real-world driving.