The Ford Fusion Hybrid is without question one of the best vehicles on the market.

The mid-size sedan provides spacious seating for five passengers, delivers exceptional ride and handling — and with a base price starting around $26,000, it has an EPA fuel economy rating of 47 mpg for both city and highway.

That’s right, 47 mpg.

And because it’s a hybrid, you never need to plug it in. The motion of the vehicle constantly recharges the Fusion Hybrid’s lithium-ion batteries used to power the 118-horsepower electric motor that works in unison with the 2.0-liter gasoline-powered Atkinson-cycle I-4 engine.

Together, the electric motor and I-4 engine produce a combined 188 horsepower that delivers very impressive performance on the road.

You fill it up at the gas station with regular unleaded gas — just like you do any other gas-powered vehicle.

Only not as often.

Available in three trim levels — S, SE and Titanium — the Fusion Hybrid is also loaded with technology.

A short list to name just a few of the Fusion Hybrid features includes:

• Lane-Keeping System — to help alert a driver to maintain proper lane position by using a forward-facing camera to monitor lane markings to determine that the car is on course. The system alerts the driver if drowsiness or erratic lane keeping is detected with a steering wheel vibration if the car drifts too close to the lane markings.

• Adaptive Cruise Control — uses forward-looking radar to “look” down the road and can slow the car when slower traffic is detected in the lane ahead. When it’s safe to pass, the system resumes the programmed speed without having to constantly adjust the cruise control settings.

• Active Park Assist — Uses sensor to identify a suitable parallel parking space and calculates the trajectory to steer the car to properly position it within the spot. All the driver does is operate the acceleration and brake pedals. (For the first time, I actually parallel parked in a single try).

• Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert — uses sensors in the rear quarter panels to detect traffic in the driver’s blind spot and provides an audible and visual warning if vehicles are detected. The cross-traffic alert system warns drivers of approaching vehicles from either side when backing out of a parking space with obstructed views.

The Fusion also features Ford’s award-winning Sync communications and entertainment system, which let’s the driver control audio and climate control systems — along with phone calls — with voice commands.

From a styling standpoint, the Ford Fusion Hybrid is a very classy car. It’s loaded with a long list of standard safety features and technology to keep you connected. And, it gets 47 mpg.

What’s not to like?

Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.

The Nuts and Bolts

MODEL:

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

5-seat mid-size sedan  

Front-wheel drive

Trim packages:

S, SE, Titanium

PRICE RANGE:

$26,200-$36,000

ENGINE:

2.0L I4 (141 hp/129 torque) with AC synchronous motor (combined 188 hp/129 torque)

TRANSMISSION:

eCVT hybrid powersplit transaxle

EPA: 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway

FUEL: Regular unleaded

STABILITY CONTROL:

AdvanceTrac electronic stability control

BRAKES: ABS

LENGTH: 191.8 inches

WHEELBASE: 112.2 in.

WIDTH: 83.5 inches

HEIGHT: 58 inches

WEIGHT: 3668 lbs.

TRACK: 62.3/62

(front/rear)

FUEL TANK: 13.5 gallons

TIRES: 17-, or 18-inch

CARGO: 12 cubic feet.