- Hybrids, Electric & Alternate Energy Vehicles
Ford Fusion Hybrid
2010 Ford Fusion
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
It appears the ford fusion hybrid is now here. It has an updated design over the older fusions. It has a sport version although I don't know whether that is available in the hybrid. I'm sure it should be.
Personally, I've never like the fusion as well as the Mercury Milan. I thought the MIlan had more pickup and power and I like the interior design better. I like the ride a little better too.
The new Fusion has had some improvements over the later model years with a new six speed transmission, more powerful engines and improved interior design, all of my complaints which appear to have been voiced by other car buyers as well. I'm glad to see Ford has addressed these concerns and tried to eliminate or improve them. The car also has new sheet metal which kicks up the cars visual presence. A nice touch for someone who wants a car that really stands out in a crowd.
The hybrid carries a $3300 price overage compared to non hybrid fusion models which is somewhat steeper than the toyota camry at only $600 more. But for people who loves their ford's and want a fun, stylish car to sport around in and get good mileage to boot the higher price want affect their buying decision. However, for those who have to really watch how much money they spend going out on that limb and spending more will something they have to reject in favor of an automobile they can afford. No one wants to end up with a vehicle they can't afford and ends up having to give up. However, I still think the Ford Fusion is a good option for a hybrid vehicle. If you're looking for more fuel economy without spending more money you might want to consider a smaller nonhybrid compact. But for those who want a bigger automobile and get the much improved gas mileage then a hybrid is definitely the way to go.
One of the test cars featured a 2.5 liter four cylinder, 156 horsepower engine, curb weight of 3720 pounds and features an impressive 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. That's most impressive for a hybrid sedan it's size. It was also Motor Trends car of the year. Ford has been steadily rising in the ranks for reliability and overall performance. With the exception of a few of it's SUV's that haven't done as well in reliability it would be considered a world class automobile and would be right up there with Honda and Toyota. Base price starts at $27,950.
The Ford Fusion has been an automotive surprise to the press. It holds it's own against the Toyota Prius. I test drove a Prius a couple of years back and I really liked it but found the steering to be a little loose. I like good handling and easy steering but not too loose, not to the point that the car likes to weave into the other lane if you/ so much as look away from the road for a second.
The Fusion has been redesigned leading some industry leaders to consider it a whole new model. It has arrived at a crucial time when everyone is looking for better fuel economy in a reliable car. And of course let's not forget safety.
It's closest competitors are the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Nissan Altima Hybrid as for fuel consumption. It is most definitely worth a second look. At least test drive one if you're in the market for a new hybrid and you might want to test drive it even if you aren't.