2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE Carey Russ Review

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2014 Ford Fusion SE Carey Russ Review

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WITH CAREY RUSS

Vehicle: 2014 Ford Hybrid SE

Looking for a midsize Ford has a Fusion for you — gasoline in naturally-aspirated and turbocharged and gasoline-electric hybrids in self-contained and Energi form. (See for all trim level below review)

This week’s car is the middle of the Fusion Hybrid the SE. Last year that level was entry, but to give more choice, a new entry S is now offered. Above the SE is the premium Other differences between and 2014 Fusion Hybrids?

The changes to color choices and available inflatable rear belts. Think of those as lite for the rear passengers, and no not going to test one

How can you tell a from a regular Fusion? than the badging at the front of the front doors and on the rear of the and the standard alloy wheels, you Ditto from the inside.

Or when driving, for the most


Which is only right. are increasingly mainstream, no longer for early-adopter techies. The Fusion is a product for Ford, and it’s one of the distinctive mass-market sedans today. So why not make a hybrid

And why stop with that the plug-in Energi can go further on power, with less use of It has larger batteries, which can be by plugging into an external source as well as when Batteries cost, though, so the Hybrid model is expected to be more popular.

With prices ranging from for the S, through $27,280 for the SE, to $32,600 for the the Fusion Hybrid is an affordable offering.

So if you want attention you drive a hybrid  Sorry, so turn-of-the-century, and the techie status today is a pure-electric Tesla. If you want a comfortable midsize that can easily get 40 mpg or better, and are of diesel, the Fusion Hybrid be just what you’re for. No, I didn’t get the advertised 47 mpg highway, and overall) — but mileage is very closely to driving style and I don’t in impeding traffic.

I also live in a location level ground is a rarity, and and downhill don’t always out. The 40-mpg average I did get was to be ashamed of, and highway speeds here tend to be a bit above the 50 mph on level ground of the tests. footwork showed my Fusion to run in EV (electric vehicle) mode up to 70 mph or so; claims it car run that way at speeds up to 85

YMMV, as the saying goes, and expect that in the mountains. between power modes mostly not noticeable.

Looks a Fusion, drives like a car except for the longer distance fuel stops, what’s not to

APPEARANCE: There have times and vehicles that called Ford styling question. The newest Fusion for those. It proves that elegance can work for a middle-class sedan — and if you doubt take a look at the Ford sold in Europe. Same!

Obvious differences between the and other Fusions? Other badging, none. The Hybrid have a near-complete undertray, all the for reduced aerodynamic drag.

Here, too, differences an equivalent internal combustion-only are minimal. No demerits for that. and fit and finish are first class, textured soft-touch surfaces and trim varieties. Front comfort is very good, and the seat is power-adjustable with memory positions. The leather-rimmed wheel adjusts manually for tilt and reach and has controls for phone, information, and cruise systems.

Interestingly, there is a key here — only the gets pushbutton start/stop. The SE have the beyond-fully featured with EcoGuide programmable system. Power system and controls for various safety and systems are to the left of the central with audio, phone, and information displayed to its right, the Efficiency Leaves that how fuel-efficient your driving is.

help? Just select the tutorials. Main entertainment, phone, and climate system are through the central touch with climate also by of real controls below

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No sunroof here, but the rear has good head and leg room for the class, and a comfortable back Unusually for a hybrid, the rear folds 60/40 for oversized Yes, hybrid batteries their toll on interior and space, but not by much.

And the new Hybrid’s battery pack is smaller the old one’s nickel-metal hydride Total passenger volume is as 102.8 cubic feet, the regular Fusion’s 118.8, luggage space at 12 cubic vs. 16.

SAFETY: The Fusion is a world sold as the Mondeo in Europe and so it has to meet worldwide safety Which can be conflicting. So plenty of modeling took place anything was built, and even testing afterwards.

Ford it to get the highest ratings for crash-worthiness. road manners and fine four-wheel disc brakes the AdvanceTrac stability enhancement help drivers to avoid Available technology including blind-spot and rear cross monitoring, a lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control are as is Active Park Assist, automatically drives the car into parking spots.

All of these systems were on my car.

RIDE AND HANDLING: The uses the same fully-independent strut / multilink suspension as Fusion models. It’s softly, but with good and so is comfortable if not sporty. That’s not its in life, so no problem.

The four-wheel disc brakes work and here are supplemented by regenerative

PERFORMANCE: Ford’s hybrid is a full series-parallel one, power from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine 141 horsepower (at 6000 rpm) and 129 of torque (at 4000 rpm) and a permanent-magnet synchronous AC traction via a computer-managed continuously-variable transmission Maximum combined horsepower is since an electric motor its maximum torque as soon as it to rotate, the motor’s 177 lb-ft itself felt when needed, although the control keeps things smooth, no sudden surprises. Throttle is more linear than in other and older hybrids, and very hard to tell combination of power is moving the car at any time without glancing at the display or the EV light.

My 40-mpg average for the week was a mix of city and highway driving, some steep highway That’s nothing like the used for EPA ratings

CONCLUSIONS: Fusion Hybrid combines looks, comfort, and good economy.

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