5 best family road trip cars
- Starting MSRP: standard $21,900; hybrid $27,200
- Base engine specs:
- standard 2.5 liters, 4 cylinders;
- hybrid 2 liters, 4 cylinders
- Gas mileage (mpg):
- standard 22 city, 34 highway;
- hybrid 47 city, 47 highway
With a somewhat dramatic shape and creative colors, the Fusion family sedan has been praised by auto critics as a good-looking auto that stands out in a field of boring contenders.
But the car has more than good looks. The hybrid model gets a remarkable 47 miles per gallon in fuel economy, whether on city streets or the highway. When it's time to fill up, the Fusion's EasyFuel capless fuel filler system -- a standard feature -- means drivers don't have to try to twist open the fuel cap or fumble to "click" it in place after refueling.
All models also come with conveniences that let you keep your eyes on the road, like Ford's SYNC wireless communication system with voice control for hands-free calling and voice/touch climate control.
The 2013 Fusion earned an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick award, scoring the highest possible rating of "Good" in the moderate overlap front, side-impact and roof-strength test results.