Review Ford Fusion Hybrid 2010 The Truth About Cars

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Review: Ford Fusion 2010

A year ago, gas prices high and the survival of the auto companies never in doubt, the media settled on the Fusion Hybrid as the best that Detroit deserved to Roomy, reliable, economical, and affordable, the FFH seemed to tick off all of the But what about love?

the Ford Fusion was originally its exterior appeared crisply But that was five years A refresh for the 2010 model cleaned up the tail lights and the grille, but did nothing to update the conventional three-box profile.

next to more recently sedans, the Fusion looks staid and dated. And, from multi-spoke alloys do nothing to add visual excitement, the FFH just like the regular Toyota’s breakout success the Prius suggests that car want a hybrid’s exterior to reflect the advanced technology within.

The virtually invisible FFH fails in this regard.

The remains the same inside the With an exception to be covered the Ford Fusion Hybrid’s styling is plain to a fault. imagination nor attention to detail to have played a role.

The engineers might well phoned it in without even the designers. But not the human factors would never locate the controls so low on the center stack. of the IP is soft to the touch, yet even the optional leather upholstery the suggests “fleet.” Oval-shaped plastic door pulls those that provide a poor first impression entering a Chevy Cobalt, interior door levers, and disadvantaged HVAC knobs and feel especially cheap.


One touch: white stitching on the leather seats.

The FFH’s styling pays some The relatively thin, relatively A-pillars and generous greenhouse to excellent forward visibility and a driving position.  As in the regular the unfashionably unarched roof-line the insufficiently contoured rear cushion to be mounted a comfortable off the floor. Knee room is But, unlike in the regular the rear seatback cannot to expand the trunk.

Which could use some as the battery pack takes up its third. Want a hatch? Ford offers the same in the Ford Escape Hybrid. a hatch with the handling of a

Then Ford doesn’t a hybrid for you.

The FFH’s appearance does have two spots—literally. Unique to the Hybrid, a of reconfigurable LCD displays flank the speedometer. Precursors to the MyFord instrumentation that will in the 2011 Ford Edge, and spread to many other models, these displays graphics that are both and functional.

After mucking with digital displays for a the auto industry has finally out how to make them more a light show.

In the FFH, the capability is used to provide about the power flows to and the various powertrain components in alternative formats. The intent: the driver how to drive to maximize The theory is sound, but in practice, the displays aren’t as helpful as the less colorful displays in the Toyota Prius. Unlike in the there’s no indication of the point in application at which efficiency off.

There’s also no indication of the in brake application at which the brakes jump in to assist the system. The latter would be helpful, since the entire of a hybrid is to recoup the energy to accelerate the car when braking the Use the conventional brakes, and energy might recharged the battery instead heats up the rotors.

some of the display options how far you can apply the throttle before the kicks in. Interesting information, but no clear connection to maximizing fuel economy. This is a conventional hybrid with battery capacity. No matter how you the FFH, you’re not going far the engine has to kick in to recharge the Another option: vines grow leaves when you efficiently.

Rewarding until the wears off, perhaps, but useful feedback.

One thing offers that Toyota not: a tach. Perhaps I’m old school, but the tach provided the useful feedback for me. Keep the speed low, and fuel goes up.

With the tach it’s clearer how much power in reserve.

So how about the Ford Hybrid’s fuel economy? In driving I generally managed 42 MPG, about ten fewer in the smaller, lighter, less Prius. Drive the FFH aggressively, and drops into the high

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More than in the typical you might even want to this one aggressively. With no modes to choose from, no “eco mode” that sluggish. Drive the FFH like you a normal car and it feels like…a car. Or at least a normal car a CVT.

Aside from noise and the instruments, there’s indication when the FFH switches all-electric operation to gasoline Dip more than halfway the throttle, and the FFH actually feels Not as quick as a V6-powered Fusion, but quicker than the conventional

Unfortunately, when pushed, the four-cylinder Atkinson cycle turns agricultural. The quantity of delivery is easily sufficient, but the of power delivery leaves to be desired.

It’s not possible to the CVT at a fixed ratio—the power-distributing of a hybrid’s CVT generally precludes shifting into L does engine RPM a couple grand. is primarily intended for engine while descending grades, but it can serve to keep engine snappy on a twisty road.

The FFH’s handling is good that the front seat’s lateral support comes in The electrically-assisted power steering is no more communicative than such systems, but it is fairly and nicely weighted. There’s lean in hard turns, and motions are tightly controlled. The suspension tuning’s downside: a unrefined ride, with vertical reactions even to small bumps. Only enthusiasts might appreciate ride-handling trade-off.

Are there driving enthusiasts who buy hybrids to it? Most car buyers will the smoother, quieter, generally refined Toyota Camry (though the TCH’s powertrain and chassis have their own

It’s easy to see why the Ford Hybrid has attracted so much as it ticks off all the right boxes. very good fuel passenger room, and reliability at a price, it’s a rational But permit emotions to intrude, and the FFH short.

The engine’s character will put off while the ride quality put off non-enthusiasts. For enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts the Fusion looks boring and rough around the edges. As as there is to like, there’s too to love.

Ford best not from the FFH’s awards it can rest on its laurels. The next Fusion Hybrid needs to be more refined and more

Ford provided an insured with a full tank of

Michael Karesh operates a provider of car reliability, real-world economy, and price comparison

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