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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Officially Most Efficient

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Believe it or not, the most fuel-efficient mid-sized car on America's roadways will soon be American.

The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid has been certified at 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, besting hybrid versions of both the Toyota Camry and the Honda Civic. Much of the credit goes to the new Fusion's NiMH battery, which is lighter than Ford's existing hybrid system and generates 20% more power. Also nice: the 2010's snazzy braking setup that recovers roughly 94% of the energy expended during deceleration. According to the press release from Ford, that means the Fusion can roam 700 miles worth of city streets on one tank of gas. Not too shabby.

If you read through that document, you'll note several other savvy innovations. Of particular note is the Fusion's SmartGauge with EcoGuide, which is designed to show drivers how to get the most from their new car:

When set in tutorial mode, the [SmartGauge with EcoGuide] instrument panel "grows" leaves and vines on-screen to reward fuel-efficient driving. The more leaves and vines that appear, the more efficient the driving behavior is and the more fuel is being saved. In some recent tests, automotive journalists have reported exceeding 50 mpg with the Fusion Hybrid.

That sounds pretty cool--though it also sounds like playing The Sims, which may not be the best thing to do while driving. If only Ford would throw in an onboard radar to help drivers avoid shopping carts and clueless tourists....  -- Richard Read

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  1. Good job Ford! And it's a real midsize car too, like the Camry and Altima hybrids, not a compact hatchback like the Prius.
     
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  2. These facts are pretty impressive even more considering the size difference between the Fusion and the Civic. Not to mention in my opinion the Fusion has more styling and is more sporty than the Camery anyday.
     
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  3. Impressive.
    However, a certain segment of the population can see no wrong in the imports and no right in the D3 offerings, so they will find a way to bash and rationalize buying something else.
     
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  4. Thje Fusion Hybrid is far superior than any recent FOrd new offering.
    However, atg $27k, it is $7k MORE expensive than the brand new Prius-fighting Honda INSIGHT, which also gets farf better MPG than the Fusion Hybrid city and highway.
    It will be a very hard sell, to fork over $7K more for a farf less reliable and fun-to-drive vehicle, that gets worse MPG.
    ANd don't forget the 3rd Gen Prius. Both the Insight and tghe Prius look DIFFERENT than any other Honda or Toyota cars.
    Honda has learned its lesson from the failures of its Accord Hybrid and Civic Hybrid.
    Ford has not.
    Many hybrid buyers are SHOW OFFS that want their cars to look DIFFERENT. That explains the success of the Prius and the failure of the lookalike Honda GM, Nissan, Saturn and Ford hybrids.
     
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  5. Re: "Many hybrid buyers are SHOW OFFS that want their cars to look DIFFERENT."
    That's just a ridiculous statement. For people like me who would like to buy a hybrid like the new Fusion, a $7,000 difference in price from the upcoming Honda Insight is a deal killer.
    Why not make a hybrid model of the Ford Focus so people I have a choice? I used to own a Focus and it was a great small car.
    And while we're on the subject of choice, why did Ford drop all of its small or mid-size hatchback models? I have two big dogs and a hatchback makes it much easier to transport them.
     
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  6. "Future Hit @ Ford"

    I think even the harshest Big 3 critics realize that this new Ford Fusion is a gamechanger. To get a sporty-looking mid-size sedan with class-leading MPG is remarkable. Now people who want to go green can actually get some room in their vehicles and don't have to be seen in those cheap little econoboxes from Japan.
     
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  7. "A first of a few good ones"

    Ed, you said that "It will be a very hard sell, to fork over $7K more for a farf less reliable and fun-to-drive vehicle, that gets worse MPG".
    The Prius and Insight are fun to drive cars? The Prius can't even compare with the lowly Corolla interms of handling, braking, comfort ...etc.. and who has driven an Insight?
    Elroy's statement is so true: "However, a certain segment of the population can see no wrong in the imports and no right in the D3 offerings, so they will find a way to bash and rationalize buying something else".
     
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