Road test 2013 Ford Fusion Energi Driving

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Road test: 2013 Fusion Energi

The 2013 Fusion Energi feels a big car when you sit in it, says Rick who test drove the vehicle for 10

Rick Krucik says he the noise made by the 2013 Fusion Energi when he hard on the gas pedal.

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Driven partly by demand, and partly by governmental the search for everbetter fuel continues to put pressure on automobile worldwide.

A technology that has around for a while, is hybrid which is essentially teaming up a internal combustion engine an electric motor. A further is the so-called plug-in hybrid, the batteries are not charged by regenerative alone, but can also be plugged an electric outlet.

Most of the hybrids had distinctive styling made it clear that employed this kind of technology. Lately, a hybrid has become available on many that are virtually indistinguishable their more conventionally stablemates. One of these is the 2013 Fusion Energi a Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PHEV).

In his Rick Krucik has driven a lot of vehicles in many different After learning to drive in the s Dodge Polara sedan and in his grandfather s standard-shift 54 GMC half-ton, and his sister shared a Vauxhall He drove a Datsun 510 to university when he graduated, purchased a 76 Camaro. In his travels around the in the oil industry, Krucik sampled vehicles that were available in North America.

At present, he drives a 2012 MDX while his wife has a 2006

I really wanted to try this basically because of the drive Krucik says. A two-week on Vancouver Island driving a from another company, as as the experience of a hybrid-owning friend, as the basis for his test drive.

Up when I first saw the car, I liked it, Krucik recalls.

To me, it has a flair to it. When you sit in it, it feels a big, honkin car. The have the big clunk us old guys clunky doors that big and heavy, quips our 58-year-old

It feels good to sit in that I love the seats. I was never

The Engine: 2.0L Atkinson-cycle I4 electric motor Horsepower: 129, 2850 mm (112.2) length: 4871 mm (191.8) weight: 1775 kg (3,913 Price as tested: $47,889 in those seats. They ve a lot of neat things with car. The front seats bolsters on the sides that kind of like a sports car s and you in place.

The lumbar support on the s side was a nice touch, Krucik reports.

In the front seat, Krucik says is no height adjustment feature, nor is adjustable lumbar support.

My is five-foot-one and likes to sit high, so was a bit of a negative, he says. In back, notes, he took a couple of for a drive and he says four males can easily fit in the Fusion.

The was fabulous, Krucik says. I every seat.

The middle seat in the back isn t usable, he says, as there is not enough footroom.

As a vehicle at the higher end of the family car class, the Energi has a lot of features. It had a lot of electronics no one s ever going to use, says. It came with a lot of that I didn t even to spend much time to figure out, or use.

You yourself pushing buttons and down at the screen to see what it s for you.

There are several with lots of information which our tester observes can be

You find yourself staring at when you should be watching the in front of you, he says. re almost impossible to read in sunlight (due to reflection screens). If you have the right it s great.

Any car with an electric must have batteries, and the Energi has the bulky and heavy pack just behind the compartment. As a result, Krucik space in the trunk is quite Cargo space is the single negative of this car. I cars with spare This doesn t come a spare tire.

There s no for a spare.

The Kruciks took the to Edmonton and back and also it around Calgary.

City it s great, Krucik says. It you enough getup-and-go in town. It s enough to drive a good, car. I loved it in the city.

On the he continues, it s quiet enough for any car and it like a bigger, heavier car maybe it actually is. If you re not punching it and not to pass people, it s a decent This isn t an oomph type of car on the

The little fourcylinder (engine), you step on it, just howls. It s the annoying sound you re ever to hear.

The engine noise load, and the lack of cargo Krucik explains, were the he disliked most about the car and the reason he would not look at the version of the Fusion.

There s no in that car to do anything except or be a two-person car with the back down for your suitcases. I love to see this car with a and I d like to try it out with a straight gas

The seating and ride quality of the ranked at the top of Krucik s list of

It s a great car to sit in, he points out. It s a fun car to I thought it was going to be a bit of a cheaper car in of fit and finish. Fit and finish were good.

In commuter traffic, it was It was peppy enough in town. comfort-wise, quiet-wise it s a great

Tester s Journal

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Day 1: We (my wife and I) packed the car and headed to Edmonton for a reception the next day. thing we discovered; the car is keyless. It with a keychain/fob, which all the normal applications, as well as an To get the car rolling, put your foot on the and press the start button. thing we discovered was the lack of space.

We managed to put two small suitcases and two of hand luggage into the but there was little space for more. The back of the console had a plug-in/cigarette electric outlet and a outlet, but there were no controls for the rear passengers.

We out of Calgary and into a rainstorm. the rain came the need for the wipers. Surprise, they are wipers, not tandem wipers. for a really clean windshield, but I the driver s blade did not go down far under normal operation.

my right eye watching the wiper as it about 2/3 of the way down and then

The car dash is set up with a centre speedometer with two information on either side. There are two of control buttons on the centre of the wheel hub to control the information on the One screen provides information the operation of the car, fuel etc. and the other screen information concerning the audio climate control, etc. As below these buttons are two sets which control the control and your Bluetooth

The left hand screen had a lane indicator which is by an on/off button on the signal The visibility front and back was but there are two blind spots each of the front seats. has compensated for this by including (yellow light) indicators in the mirrors.

Also, should you to weave a bit, a message come up on the right screen you may want to take a break driving.

There is a central screen in the which contains the backup and controls for all the electronic functions. We this difficult to see or read in sunlight. The steering on this car is crisp and took a little used to, as did the brakes, which are a sensitive.

The car handled the drive to with ease. No troubles

on the and really enjoyed the comfortable Acceleration in the city was good, but the was a different story. The little really growls when you on it in highway driving.

Day 2: Did some driving with my wife and in the car. We discovered that mom s would not fit in the trunk.

Day 3: Did a few errands in and then headed back to Made use of the GPS and returned home. The was uneventful and pleasant.

Day 4: Friends to see the car, so that afternoon I myself and three male for a short city/highway drive. individuals covered the spectrum in of height and size. They all out the seating, both front and and liked the car s styling, seating and The four doors provided access. Day 5: Drove to downtown in the afternoon and learned to appreciate the car s alarms.

In heavy traffic, at hour, the driver in front of me to a quick stop in an intersection. on the dash in front of the driver is a red indicator which in conjunction an audio alarm tells the he is too close to the object in front and put on the It saved a fender bender.

Day 6: My neighbour was interested in the car and came We took it out for a quick drive the neighbourhood. As with all previous she found the car to be appealing style comfortable to sit in for a four-passenger car and full of electronics.

Day 7: Vehicle sat in my driveway the day. (Remember the rain and Day 8: Road trip through the Nice quiet ride as as you didn t push the little Features I had found annoying at were not bothering me now familiarity, I

Day 9: Took the car out for the photo shoot. the GPS to find the location. Great car. Did what it is supposed to do, a nice environment for a pleasant

Day 10: Returned vehicle to dealership. odometer reading was 2,549.3 km and I did top off the with another 3.79 Total mileage driven was km on 51.8 litres of fuel, I believe averaged out to 5.7 litres/100 km.

Not bad as of the driving was at highway speeds. You do better in town with the motor.

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