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DEARBORN (WWJ) It s long, it s it stole its front end from Bond. Its only drawbacks? The tag and the tiny little trunk.

s the Ford Fusion Energi I for 10 days on the 2013 Fall Tour of Michigan universities.

The car has a simple interior that me of German sedans in its relative black leather seats, piano-style wood trim could be a decent quality I suppose), dark gray textured to look like Ahead of you, a single for speed, flanked by 4-inch or so with dozens of choices for from Ford s environmental (drive sedately, you get a rain tromp the accelerator and it s suddenly as the leaves fall) to mileage, range, direction and more.

On the center console is an eight-inch screen with the by-now-familiar quadrants for phone, entertainment navigation and climate control. of reviewers have called system glitchy. I never had a problem, although I ve been it for years on my personal cars, so I m just accustomed to it.

My Sync and MyFordTouch systems always performed flawlessly for an occasional hearing problem on the of the machine to spoken commands.

The of the 114-hp four-cylinder engine and the electric motor produces of zip when you want to shake the off the dashboard, both off the line and for 50-to-70-mph passing excursions on roads. Handling is flawless. The which regenerate power to the when the pedal is pressed are a little grabby and take getting used to. (But I you will feel like an when driving a conventional car driving a hybrid with braking.

You remember all the energy you re just as heat.) The Sony premium system is a joy.

Recharging the pack to its full 20-mile in electric mode only about three hours on current, about seven on household 110. So if you have a to plug in at home and at work and an commute, you will use zero gas to work and back.

But the drawbacks like I said, the is really small, like Sonic small, because or more of the trunk is taken up by the battery pack. Everything s a in the Chevy Volt, they put the in the center hump where a wheel drive car s driveshaft go and eliminated the center third in the back. And the Volt s hatchback is small, too. But the Fusion s trunk? We re talking five of groceries, or two small suitcases, or one set of clubs.

On a 10 day trip I had stuff in the back the whole time had to.

And then s the price, north of $39,000 for the Titanium trim level I drove. Sure, you may get a federal or electric car rebate, but that s a lot of scratch for a Fusion, when a Fusion S stickers for $22,000, and a equipped SE will set you back It s going to take you a lot of electric to make back $14,000.

But I some hybrid buyers buy for the statement and the pride. This is a car you can be proud of, but it comes at a price.

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