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Hybrid Meets Hypermiling in Fusion

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The new Ford Hybrid isn t shaped like an It doesn t have badges hybrid from every And it won t make you sacrifice fun for fuel

That s what makes it so

Of course, fuel economy is the thing you think when you hybrids, and the Fusion is a first-rate The EPA says it s good for 39 mpg (combined and highway), and we averaged 36.6 a week of daily driving. The gas barely budged despite commutes, occasional lead-footed and wanton use of the A/C.

You ve got to really try to get lousy mileage in this

Ford scored a direct hit on the Hybrid, topping the Toyota by 5 and almost took down the Honda Insight. But as Ford was for fuel efficiency, it didn t a car should be fun to drive and a joy to use. On score, the Fusion excels.

It combines excellent fit and finish smooth driving dynamics in a mid-size sedan that happens to get excellent mileage.

fuel economy is as impressive as the Ford designed for the Fusion. The four-cylinder engine carefully intake valve timing and the compression ratio to increase Low-end oomph suffers as a but the electric motor makes up for it and the combo provides 191 horsepower. isn t much in a car that weighs pounds, and the Fusion doesn t off the line so much as it sashays.

you won t win any pink slips in a car that 9.2 seconds to reach 60 mph, into that small in traffic is no problem. The electric provides abundant torque.

The of Ford s hybrid system is it has of the shudder or lag often experienced in when the electric motor off propulsion to the gasoline engine. It s as is the electronic continuously variable Ford muttered something proprietary when we asked how it that off, then the terms variable cam timing and voltage converter before it had nothing more to say.

The Fusion is a full hybrid, so if you use a touch on the accelerator you can tool on electric power although the will come on if you need a boost getting away a stoplight or up a hill. If you re gentle your right foot, you can go as as 47 mph on electric power alone. We got a every time we pulled it but you can only get a mile or so out of the battery the engine kicks on to top off the charge. the engine did come on, we used little gas. Our personal was 51.5 mpg (according to the extremely dashboard computer) during a errand, and we burned just of a gallon during one 12-mile home.

That works out to mpg. Ford says the has a range of 700 miles from its fuel tank. Sounds right, based on our experience.

The Fusion is as fun to drive as it is easy on The suspension is pillow-soft, and a front-wheel-drive car 2 tons can t be called nimble, but the felt tight and Fusion was We took a freeway cloverleaf at 60 and the tires didn t even Steering was responsive and the brakes the squishiness you often feel in

Regenerative braking returns to the 94 percent of the energy otherwise to heat and friction.

Ford s using a 1.4 kilowatt-hour nickel-metal pack, but it s smaller and lighter the one in the Escape Hybrid. It sits the back seat and takes a big out of the trunk. There s just cubic feet of storage compared to the gas-burner s 16.5, and you can t the rear seats down.

One of the things about the Fusion is the SmartGauge dashboard display. It hypermiling into a videogame makes you want to save The traditional speedometer is flanked by two showing everything from how gas you ve got to how much energy you re generating braking. A glowing vine off to the grows increasingly lush as efficiency climbs. We almost whenever another leaf

It s brilliant, and it does a remarkable job how driving style effects economy. An intuitive menu you choose one of four displays, presenting more information. You can it off, but it s so much fun you won t want to.

efficiency doesn t count for if you don t like driving the car. But the is more than comfortable; it s The seats ours were leather are firm and supportive. The wheel and console-mounted shifter great. Switches and knobs are at hand.

The optional Sony system provides impressive and Sync remains the best integration system on four The fit and finish are excellent, nothing cheap and everything is thoughtfully out.

Even the bare-bones Fusion is decked out with features stability and traction control, six and power everything, including a adjustable driver s seat. It s a car you live with, without off options. Ford sent us one with optional electronic

The blind-spot detection system a small yellow light someone s over your It s reassuring, especially in heavy The rear-view camera makes up a breeze.

Visibility out of the car is good that youdon t need the but we loved having it.

The Fusion is more than a great It is an example for others to follow. will become increasingly as automakers strive to meet the s tough new fuel efficiency

If those cars are to truly on, they can t be any different than consumers already know and Ford has proven they don t to be.

WIRED European styling Japanese fuel economy in an car built in Mexico. Go as fast as 47 mph on power. Clever dashboard hypermiling fun.

More than Best Buy, and re all useful.


TIRED Battery up trunk space. Climate knobs are so low you ve got to take your off the road. Why is the light switch on the not the turn signal stalk?

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