The Ford Fusion Hybrid seems to be straddling the line of mid-size sedan and hybrid vehicle with ease. Join Jessi Lang as she reviews the ’10 Fusion Hybrid.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid is powered by a 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The gasoline engine produces 156 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 136 lb-ft or torque at 2,250. However, with the electric motor and gasoline engine combination, horsepower goes up to 191. Fuel economy, as expected, is great: 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, with Ford estimating that the driver will be able to do 700 miles per tank.
The Fusion’s interactive “Smart Gauge with EcoDrive” lets you see how efficiently you’re driving. There are four modes (Inform, Power, Engage, and Empower) to view your driving with varying degrees of details. The “efficiency leaves” graphics is also a fun, yet stylish, way to tell how green you’re driving (you’ll have to watch the video to see!).
Compared to its competitors, the Fusion Hybrid seems like it is towards the head of the pack. Trunk space with the battery is better than the Camry and Altima hybrids but still less roomy than the Prius. The hybrid Fusion also switches seamlessly from the various driving modes unlike some of the other mainstream hybrids.
In addition to the environmentally-friendly upsides of the Fusion Hybrid, the pricing is surprisingly affordable. Base price starts at $27,270 and with the two packages we had on our tester, we still didn’t break $30,000, coming in at $29,590.
For more on the available creature comforts or to see what package options our tester came with, check out our 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Video.