• Keith C avatar Keith C Posted: 9/17/2012 11:26am PDT

    From what I can see this isn't even the hybrid, just the ecoboost version. So while the conditions may be rigged for a promotion, to compare it to the Prius really isn't fair.

  • Papchas1 avatar Papchas1 Posted: 9/17/2012 6:42am PDT

    Oh what ELSE IS NEW....Ford loves to BASH the Prius model any chance they can get....you see Toyota uses and is well ahead of Fords technology...the PRIUS TRUELY ACHIEVES 50 PLUS MPG....the 2012 especially and future inprovements to its HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE as well these numbers shall go up...since 2002 they have ONLY INCREASED until present....the Plug In in just Hybrid mode exceeds the numbers on the sticker...I drive a PHEV presently as well as owned the 2010 Prius Hybrid they BOTH EXCEED the stickers always.....I have owned Ford Explorers 5 or more before going to Toyota...the sticker on the Ford models were NEVER what was claimed or better...facts are always best to quote from....Toyota seems to be more honest in this category..

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 9/17/2012 7:45am PDT

    @Charles: This is your friendly site moderator. We welcome your comments, but please be judicious with your caps-lock key. Using all caps IS THE EQUIVALENT OF SHOUTING and it makes it harder to read your comments. Thanks!

  • pbutler avatar pbutler Posted: 9/17/2012 9:45pm PDT

    @ John: Seriously, caps is what bothers you? Mr. Li calls half the country idiots and it does not raise your eyebrow. Interesting!

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 9/18/2012 3:45am PDT

    @Pat: We have had separate discussions with a handful of commenters about blanket characterizations of groups of people, and will continue to do so as required.

  • Soakee avatar Soakee Posted: 9/17/2012 1:39pm PDT

    The several Fords which I have owned have always exceeded the EPA sticker ratings. Could it be that your driving style is different?

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 9/17/2012 6:13am PDT

    Glad to see GCR pushing back against MPG claims under dubious conditions and sticking to the EPA numbers.

    Of course, as mentioned in the article, it is nice to learn a few tricks to improve mpg. I would argue that "coasting to the finish" is a reasonable and safe way to deal with stop lights, as opposed to the all to common very hard stop at a stop-light.

  • johnny mars avatar johnny mars Posted: 9/17/2012 1:48pm PDT

    Watch my video on coasting here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O99dZM-SAzU

  • johnny mars avatar johnny mars Posted: 9/17/2012 1:47pm PDT

    Or just read the Consumer Reports real world mileage averages for a better estimate.

  • fb_1559222512 avatar Xiaolong Posted: 9/17/2012 1:51pm PDT


    If this "test track" results are so much better than EPA rating, then we should ask Ford what is the point of this "test track" testings? Is this a simple marketing ploy to distract the potential buyers?

  • rkisler avatar rkisler Posted: 9/18/2012 9:31am PDT

    Why is everyone so up-tight about this video?

    This is not a mileage claim by Ford, but a bit of fun publicity leading up the the Fusion intro. They took a group of Ford NASCAR drivers who normally have their feet to the floorboard, and have them trying to maximize their mpg. Ford clearly shows in the video "highway mileage up to 37 mpg" which likely is the EPA highway rating for the 1.6l EcoBoost (it hasn't been posted yet).

    Of course they were "hypermiling" but this is no different than other contests to see, for instance, what sort of range once can get out of an electric vehicle.

  • fb_1380808244 avatar Branden Posted: 9/19/2012 5:50pm PDT

    Ford's Fusion Hybrid (not the 1.6L or 2.0L EcoBoost) is rated at 47MPG City/47MPG Hwy/47MPG Combined.