40 miles per gallon. That's what we at TheCarConnection.com just saw in a week's worth of driving—driving in which we really made a point to treat the Fusion Hybrid much like any other car. And when we actually tried to drive economically, following the excellent hybrid system display when we could, we were able to get nearly 50 mpg.
As we reported yesterday, compared to the 2010 Toyota Prius or 2010 Honda Insight, the Fusion Hybrid feels more like a 'normal' car—both with respect to the way it drives and in terms of ride, refinement, and interior space. The powertrain is smoother and more refined than what we've felt in those high-mileage hybrids—including the Toyota Camry Hybrid and perhaps the 2010 Lexus HS 250h—and it's easy to miss exactly when the gasoline engine starts up or when you're cruising on electric power alone.
The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid pairs all those pluses with the same roomy interior that you get in the mainstream Ford Fusion, and you have a tremendously comfortable, useful vehicle that doesn't always let you know you're compromising some comfort or space for high mileage.
The value equation is very strong, too. The test 2010 Fusion Hybrid carried a bottom-line price of less than $28,000, with no options. That's just fine as the Fusion Hybrid comes with a lot of items you might expect to be optional, such as dual-zone automatic climate control, keypad keyless entry, heated mirrors, an MP3-compatible CD sound system with Sirius satellite radio, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for cruise control, audio, and trip computer functions. If shoppers have a bigger budget, extras include a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross traffic alert, leather heated seats, a nav system, Sirius Travel Link, and a Music Jukebox.
With these remarks in mind, here's a note-by-note tour around the cabin of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid—the roomy 41-mpg sedan that doesn't feel like a high-mileage achiever: