2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. Its Competition

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are strong contenders that compete well against the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata Hybrids--and are selling well.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid, two new entries into the growing mid-size sedan hybrid segment, are more pleasant to drive than a Prius, more spacious than a Volt, and offer all the usual virtues of the popular Accord range.
The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome.
Following improvements that hit all the right spots, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a solid choice for those who don't mind a CVT.
With a standout design; perky performance; great gas mileage; and exceptional value for the money, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is one of the best buys among mid-size sedans.
The 2013 Toyota Camry is no standout for design, but it's more than ever the sensible pick for those who value comfort, value, and frugality above all else.
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Gas Mileage     
50 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
N/AGas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Gas I4
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N/AMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsMidsize
Style Name     
N/A4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Sedan I4 2.54-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (GS)
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
N/ACVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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