The Fusion is available with three distinct types of powertrain: a traditional gasoline-fueled model, a gasoline/electric Hybrid, and the Energi plug-in hybrid. The gasoline-only Fusion and the Energi are covered in separate articles.
Even since its redesign for 2013, the Fusion Hybrid has intensified its position at the top of the eco-friendly family sedan class. In addition to superb design, fine driving feel, and high materials quality, the Hybrid delivers some seriously impressive fuel economy figures for a car of this size. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 43 mpg in city driving and 41 mpg on the highway. An EcoGuide system provides real-time coaching to boost gas mileage.
The Fusion Hybrid can now be obtained in four trim levels: S, SE, Titanium, and new Platinum. In each trim level, the drivetrain couples an Atkinson-cycle 2-liter four-cylinder gas engine with an 88-kW electric motor. The hybrid powertrain mates with an electronically-controlled continuously-variable transmission (eCVT) that drives the front wheels. Brakes include a regenerative circuit to convert kinetic energy (from the car’s forward motion) into electricity, which is fed back to the onboard lithium-ion storage battery.
Base-priced at $25,185, the “entry-level” Fusion Hybrid is reasonably well-equipped, with a limited number of options available. Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, nine-speaker audio, SYNC infotainment, a front console, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
Choosing the SE, at $25,990, makes additional options available. As it stands, though, the SE’s ample equipment list features SiriusXM satellite radio, a 10-way power driver’s seat, six-way power passenger seat, LED lighting, keyless-entry key pad, and rear armrest. Leather upholstery, adaptive cruise control, parallel-parking assistance and a Driver Assist package with blind-spot monitors and a lane-departure warning system are among the electronics-focused options.
Starting at $30,520, the Titanium version is abundantly fitted, with heated front seats, leather seat upholstery, SYNC 3 infotainment, 12-speaker Sony audio, reverse sensing, an auto-dimming mirror, ambient lighting, and aluminum pedals. In addition to a Driver Assist Package and adaptive cruise control, voice-activated navigation and cooled front seats are available as options.
Topping the Hybrid lineup, the new Platinum edition provides plenty of features for its $37,020 sticker price. Standard equipment includes such safety technology as pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert, active lane-keeping, and adaptive cruise control. Also standard are heated/cooled front seats, SYNC Connect, a heated steering wheel, power tilt/telescopic steering column, navigation and a moonroof. Active Park Assist also is included.
Unless you’re trying for the lowest possible price, skip the S model. The SE's $805 premium is justified by its extra standard features and available options. Moving all the way up to Platinum adds a considerable sum to the price, but its active-safety features could well be worth the additional cost.
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