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BASE MSRP: $28,700

hit a grand slam two years ago the introduction of an all-new Ford Hybrid. It was awarded the North Car of the Year prize at the 2010 auto show, named Trend’s Car of the Year, was one of Car and Driver “10 Best Cars for 2010” and was the inaugural Hermance Vehicle Award by the publishers of HybridCars.com.

Why did the Hybrid rack up so many Because the vehicle established a new in hybrid technology. Marrying a sophisticated hybrid powertrain to the Fusion platform – positioned in the middle of the mainstream market – to be a winning combination. It’s fun to and speaks of refinement all around, handling and braking through and convenience.

And then there was the on the cake – class-leading fuel of 41 city/36 highway and 39 combined.

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But Ford is not resting on its An all-new 2013 Fusion will be in dealer showrooms fall. It not only ups the fuel numbers to an expected 47 city/44 it is blessed with the styling of the Fusion that auto are calling the best-looking midsize bar none.

Given that the Fusion Hybrid arrives this year, there are no for the 2012 Fusion Hybrid.

the Bad Rap Against Hybrids

“The Toyota Prius and hybrids are great for eco-geeks who fuel efficiency, low emissions and auto technology as sacrosanct – and all car features as sacrifice. But drivers for a smooth, comfortable ride – a modicum of style and performance – as well forget hybrids.” So the opinion of many auto who historically dinged hybrids for driving characteristics, squishy and clunky transitions between gas and power. But that was before the Fusion Hybrid, a family that offers 41 mpg in the city – and importantly, some fun and refinement the wheel.

USA Today emphatically “The Ford Fusion is the best gasoline-electric hybrid And Car and Driver said, “High mpg is a must, but the Fusion interpretation a modicum of fun-to-drive, thanks to steering.”

From Gas to Electric and

Ford engineers did a remarkable job of the flutter-rumble that many make when transitioning gas engine to electric mode. In the Hybrid, the gasoline engine starts up and shuts down only the very faintest according to Automobile magazine. USA goes further: “There was no – nada, zip – vibration or shimmying in the car when the gasoline kicked in to the electric. No other hybrid – not that $112,000 Lexus – can that claim 100 percent of the

The Fusion Hybrid – and its sibling at the the Mercury Milan Hybrid – the first vehicles to use Ford’s hybrid system. Hybrid-electric systems engineer Gil Portalatin us that the control logic for the new system provides much integration of engine operation and delivery. The new logic goes as far as to the engine’s valve timing, delivery, and spark timing to the power delivered through the motor, permitting very fuel shutdown under loads. As a result, the Fusion 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine itself off twice as often as the hybrid design, with the system providing more

In addition, new control logic for the brakes recaptures up to 94 percent of the energy and feeds it to the battery.

Drive

Enthusiasm from the press is also extended to the Hybrid’s road manners. Car and said, “While most squeeze the fun out of driving, the Fusion has weighted steering, a nimble and rides in a controlled, supple You can hustle the car down a back and get a smile on your face, is not something one can say about the Camry Automobile magazine wrote, sure, there’s some of artificialness in steering and braking that afflicts all hybrids, but quite benign, and the car really go down the road quite


Anyone who’s shopping the Prius needs to check out car also.” Nadaguides.com commented the Fusion Hybrid’s 2.5-liter engine provides plenty of for freeway ramps, while the road and offering a comfortable

The combined output for the Fusion engine and motor is 191 horsepower. In to the Hybrid, the 2012 Ford lineup offers a choice of different engines: a 2.5-liter with 175 horsepower; a 3.0-liter V-6 with 240 horsepower; and a performance-tuned V-6 with 263 horsepower.

The one consistent regarding the Fusion Hybrid’s is that Ford exaggerated its claim that the sedan can go 47 per hour, and as much as two miles, in mode. That requires the right conditions for acceleration, battery charge level, – and proper alignment of stars. you exert extreme care to the electric drive, you shouldn’t on more than a few blocks at low speeds.

Exterior Interior

The entire line of Ford – including the base S, mid-level SE, equipped SEL, and the Fusion – were spruced up for the 2010 year. Car and Driver said, refresh makes the Fusion looking, particularly since the headlamps of the original have replaced.” Reviewers said the Hybrid looks like an Fusion SE or SEL. But not everybody the design. Bloomberg wrote, the lackluster rims, which like they’re made of to the generic sedan shape, the has no flash whatsoever.

The interior, the high-tech features, gets reviews, but mostly positive. News said, “The new cluster looks much sophisticated, and the dash has an easy The touch points are soft, and inch of the cabin uses materials. Car and Driver added, the Fusion also receives a new panel, redesigned seats, and stylish trim, although the of some of the materials isn’t yet on par those of the class leaders.”

The Fusion Hybrid offers popular Sync voice-activated entertainment and integrated mobile system. Other options blind-spot information mounted on the mirror, a backup camera cleverly hidden in the rearview cross-traffic alerts when and real-time traffic and weather the Sirius Travel Link radio system.

MyKey, last year, will parents at ease when teen drivers are behind the It chimes continuously when belts aren’t buckled, earlier low-fuel warnings, radio volume to 45 percent and can chimes at 45, 55 and 65 mph.

Standard include bags, belts, outlet, six-CD stereo of the typical single setup), climate control, auto headlights, and auto-dimming mirror.

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The Hybrid uses a new nickel hydride battery with 20 more power, in a package 30-percent smaller. That the Fusion Hybrid sacrifices a negligible amount of trunk compared to the standard version – but not to retain rear folding which are not available in the Fusion The Camry Hybrid manages to folding back seats.

Hybrid Comes With Economy Nag

The 2012 Ford Hybrid continues with SmartGauge technology. Inspired by the Prius’ hybrid energy/consumption the SmartGauge goes further by the driver to learn specific to achieve higher efficiency. The interface offers feedback to the – both visual and sound.

In other words, it actually to you.

The gauge cluster is of dual hi-resolution LCD screens to instantaneous mileage and fuel history – as well as key data battery charge, engine and accessory power consumption. One depicts a vine of leaves grows larger as the driver more efficient over To prevent sensory overload, the allows the driver to decide how information to see, and what can be

That’s critical, because reviewers believe the fuel system is distracting. And others false alarms from the alerts.

Economics

If you like the Hybrid’s more dynamic and performance, and smoother hybrid compared to the Camry Hybrid, get ready to pay for it. The 2012 Fusion with a base MSRP of is $2,800 more than the Camry Hybrid LE and $1,300 than the top line XLE model. on the model, the Camry gets more or less city economy than the Fusion. Sonata Hybrid is also thousands less than the Hybrid and offers a sleek plus generous interior

The Sonata Hybrid has worse economy than the Fusion in the city, but its EPA-estimated highway economy rating is better the Fusion.

For reference, Ford’s hybrid, the Escape Hybrid is comparably priced to the Fusion at and offers fuel economy at 34 in the and 31 on the highway. (Ford is dropping the Hybrid in March.)

A dilemma is, should you buy a 2012 Hybrid or wait for the 2013 with its stunning looks and fuel economy?

If you don’t a premium on the latest styling or buy the 2012 Fusion Hybrid, it serve you well. Plus, you can money with the expected incentives and dealer discounts as of the 2012 model are cleared out to way for the 2013 Fusion Hybrid.

for the 2013 Fusion Hybrid if you the advances in fuel economy, gear and safety features accompany an all-new design. will also mean the styling will look for several years and it will be more at resale than the 2012 model.

Prices are Suggested Retail Price at time of writing and do not include charges, taxes or licensing.

review was originally posted the Ford Fusion Hybrid was in early 2009.

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