In the race for supreme fuel efficiency, Ford has produced the Fusion Hybrid, an advanced 100 MPGe car that out-economizes the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-In. The technology transforms the popular midsize sedan into an ideal choice for the green-conscious.
The Ford Fusion Energi received few changes from its inaugural 2013 model year. They include an available heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and inflatable rear seatbelts for enhanced safety.
Ford has steadily improved the look of its vehicles, bringing world-class style to North America. The streamlined body opens with an Aston Martin-like grille and sweeps to a fastback profile. It's as fashionable as midsize family sedans get.
Interior design matches the exterior's ambition. The dashboard is simple and sleek with angular slashes of aluminum, quality gauges and ambient LED lighting. A full touchscreen comes with standard voice-activated Sync. A six-speaker sound system with satellite radio, auxiliary and USB inputs, and Bluetooth integration is also standard, as are leather upholstery, a rearview camera and park assist.
Under the Hood
The Energi is powered by a 2-liter four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor fed by a massive lithium-ion battery pack housed in the trunk. The combination is good for 195 horsepower. Even better, it returns 100 mpge in all-electric mode and 47 mpg in hybrid mode -- still one of the best on the market.
Sport-oriented drivers won't be impressed by 195 horsepower. Though somewhat sluggish compared to sedans with conventional powerplants, the Energi beats the Chevrolet Volt by half a second in the zero to 60 mph dash.
A standard 2-liter four-cylinder paired to an electric motor produces a combined 188 horsepower and is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The SE Luxury comes with touchscreen navigation and Bluetooth. Exterior features aluminum 17-inch wheels and fog lights. This package also comes with a 10-way power driver’s seat, upgraded stereo with HD Radio, MyFord Touch, keyless entry with push button start, and Sync services.
The Titanium package adds sport front seats, ambient lighting with seven color choices, improved leather trim, a memory card slot, 12 premium speakers, cooled seats and a rear spoiler. The Titanium also includes a reverse sensing system. Optional equipment include a moonroof, active park assist and the Blis blind spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alerts.
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