Jul 18th, 2012 by Ross Edwards
The 2013 Ford Fusion will have Ford’s Auto-Stop-Start system when it goes on sale this year. The stop-start system turns off the Fusion’s engine whenever the vehicle is stopped at a red light or in traffic so that it doesn’t waste gas idling. The Auto-Start-Stop feature will cost just $295 on the Fusion and will only be available with the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.
Stop-Start technology is popular on hybrids, where it is used to get higher city fuel economy. The only down side is that drivers, especially those used to older vehicles or manual transmissions, find the engine shutting off disconcerting – not a problem on hybrids that run on electric motors at low speeds anyway. The 2013 Ford Fusion will be the first non-hybrid ford to be available with the Auto-Stop-Start technology, according to Autoweek.
It’s been common knowledge for quite some time that turning your vehicle’s engine off at stops can save fuel, but with the pain of not having the air conditioning running and the extra hassle of putting the vehicle in park and restarting it manually, most people don’t bother. Start-stop technology is an inexpensive option (at least on the Fusion) that can save buyers a lot of money over the life of their vehicle (Ford claims $1,100 in fuel savings for the average buyer over five years).