The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid and plug-in Fusion Energi seem to have it all: jaw-dropping good looks, excellent on-road handling, and remarkably high EPA ratings for fuel efficiency.
In the real world, owners haven't gotten gas mileage as high as the ratings--but the cars are selling strongly anyway.
The Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima hybrids, while refined last year, still don't match the smoothness of the Fords--and the Koreans don't offer a plug-in, nor does the hybrid Toyota Camry.
The Camry is serviceable but bland, and the Ford beats it on mileage to boot.
The coming Honda Accord Hybrid may be its strongest competitor--there's already a plug-in model on the market--and if you're looking for a plug-in passenger car, the Chevy Volt may be a competitor to the Fusion Energi.
The Volt is smaller, only seats four, and has less luggage space, but its electric range is almost twice that of the plug-in hybrid Fusion, and it runs entirely on electricity--rather than switching its engine on and off from the start.
There's the new Nissan Altima as well, which doesn't match the hybrid Fusion on gas mileage but has some of the highest ratings for any gasoline model--and is a good value for a much lower price.
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