With the 2013 Ford Fusion sedan, the automaker is introducing automatic start-stop, a feature it says can save consumers as much as $1,100 over the course of five years. Best yet, unlike most fuel-miser options, the feature will cost just $295 when it makes it to production.
Auto start-stop takes the 2013 Ford Fusion equipped with an optional 1.6-liter, 179-horsepower EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and allows it to shut off when it’s not operating. Then, when the driver is ready to go again, the engine will automatically turn back on once pressure is taken from the brake pedal and reapplied to the gas. Ford says in heavy urban areas, it’ll benefit drivers up to 10 percent. On average, it’s expected to help Fusion sedans equipped with it to return 3.5 percent better fuel economy.
“Idling vehicles are consuming energy without doing any work,” says Birgit Sorgenfrei, Ford’s auto start-stop program manager, in a statement. “They’re also producing exhaust gases in a concentrated space that can contribute to air quality problems like smog.”
With the 2013 Ford Fusion 1.6-liter EcoBoost equipped with the auto start-stop, the automaker says it worked out the kinks associated with such technology to make the engine as smooth as possible in stop-and-go driving. The car, which is expected to achieve as high as 37 mpg in EPA highway testing with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, will also be the only engine option to come equipped with the available auto start-stop feature when the redesigned Fusion hits showrooms this fall. Other engine options include a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 237-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine, hybrid that is expected to achieve as much as 47 mpg, and the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.
Amid $4 gas and a slew of new offerings in the midsize sedan segment, Ford looks like it’s doing its best to keep worrisome car shoppers covered during a slippery economic climate.