• Oct 30, 2008
Over on AutoblogGreen, our man Sam has published a thorough breakdown of all the new powertrains announced for the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. There's a new 2.5L four-cylinder with more power, a revised 3.0L V6 and Ford is making its 3.5L V6 available in these mid-size sedans for the first time, as well. But the most impressive may be the latest revision of Ford's hybrid powertrain that will debut in the Fusion Hybrid and Milan Hybrid next year.

Based on the same system in the Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid, the latest version is smaller, lighter, more powerful and less expensive to produce. While it still employs nickel-metal hydride batteries, the number of cells has been reduced but the power output remains the same. The battery pack is now 30 percent smaller in volume than the Escape Hybrid's pack and weighs 23 percent less, and this one doesn't need its own AC system to stay cool. The main numbers that everyone wants to know is MPG. Ford expects its new hybrid sedans to achieve 38 mpg in the city, which is 5 mpg better than its most obvious competitor, the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Click here to read Sam's explanation of what Ford did to improve its hybrid powertrain so much.

[Source: AutoblogGreen]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Thats extremely impressive!!
      I have an 07' fusion that tends to get about 14.9mpg.
      Don't "hate" on my post, because there are reasons why my mileage is terrible. First I have the V6 engine upgrade along with AWD. Secondly, I'm pretty sure I slam the gas every-time the light goes green (I'm not wreck-less... no tickets in many years).

      When I drive like a old man, I get about 22 in the city and 28 on the highway, so its not to bad (luckily gas prices are going down, so I can stop driving slowly)
      • 6 Years Ago
      38mpg? So freakin' what? My neighbor's old Civic gets 40+.
        • 6 Years Ago
        geez, you're just not that smart, are you?
        • 6 Years Ago
        A 1994 Geo Metro XFi gets 43 mpg city, 51 mpg highway, for a combined 46 mpg. That doesn't mean the Civic you cited is not fuel efficient, now is it? To put it another way, don't compare apples to oranges, or cars in different vehicle-size segments.

        Source:
        http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/10740.shtml
        • 6 Years Ago
        Civic is not direct competition to Fusion though, right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah... and a really old Citroen Deux Cheveau gets 50+.

        But the 2010 Fusion Hybrid will kick their collective a$$es for performance, comfort and just about any measure of a modern automobile.

        But I see yr point. Maybe if u combed yr hair a little differently...
        • 6 Years Ago
        My point is that cars now are bragging about gas mileage that is at best decent. I see SUV commercials on TV bragging about a whopping 17-24mpg. My 12 year old Tacoma gets better than that, and it's a full-frame truck.

        Seems like we should be excited about 48mpg, not 38mpg.
        • 6 Years Ago
        that's because it doesn't have computers regulating its emissions, thus decreasing fuel economy.

        my dad had a Plymouth champ and he couldn't get less than 40 mpg. but with the gov regulating emissions these days, it's much more difficult for cars to achieve high fuel economy.

        however, adding to the article, that's only 8 mpg better than the current Fusion. Plus, if the all new 2.5L is supposed to get 10% increase in fuel economy, we're talking about 33 mpg in the base fusion for 2010. so why pay another 5-6 grand for the hybrid and only get another 5 mpgs?? seems silly to me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @TKOsoccer03 - The current fusion does not get 30 mpg CITY, which is the number they're throwing out here. It's most accurate to compare with the Fusion auto, which Ford lists as 20 city, 28 highway. 38 city is a HUGE gain over that, or even the 10% higher numbers of 22 / 31.

        To everyone else - it doesn't make sense to compare a new car to a used car, totally different safety and emissions standards used when building them, plus what's more refined to drive, a fusion or an old metro / civic
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, it is an old civic. They're anemic subcompacts- they're supposed to get 40 MPG.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @PrintError: And the point made by pretty much everyone else is, compare apples to apples. A fuel mileage of 38 mpg is really good for a car the size of the Ford Fusion, with modern emissions requirement. If you disagree, feel free to cite another modern car that gets equal or better fuel mileage in the Fusion's market segment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think its good, hey it is better than Toyota.

        A mid size family sedan at 38 MPG....beautiful. I think this could be a REAL game changer for Ford.
      • 6 Years Ago
      38mpg in the city that's great. Definitely will kick the Camry A$$ in the mileage department. Now if GM could step-up with the Malibu.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A Two Mode Malibu can't be too far off.

        GM just introduced their first FWD Two Mode in the VUE.
        • 6 Years Ago
        5 MPG difference. Not a kick azz, but good, solid effort. But important thing to remember is that the NEXT generation needs to improve and get 40+ solidly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG - look at the shape of that hood! Did someone make this at home in his garage?

      I thought Ford might have learned something from the critique on the Focus, but it keeps getting worse...

      The mpgs are irrelevant, if they make their cars look increasingly hideous.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nah, that hood looks awesome. The power bulge in the middle looks great, and is likely there because the 3.5L Duratec is taller than the 3.0L or the 2.5L, and they wanted to standardize across the board. I like the way the sides sweep down into the fenders, and how the fenders are drawn out over the wheel, instead of just being a steep drop like most cars are these days.

        I'll take it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Joe, why is the 3.5 taller?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford's progress continues to surprise me in the best of ways. The drivetrain and exterior are class-leading or at least close. If the chassis and suspension are as finely polished as the Mazda 6's and the interior is great, I can't see why this car wouldn't be the image changer for Ford.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just had to respond to Manolo's incorrect statement regarding Ford's Hybrid Technology.

      Ford uses their own hydbrid technology that was developed independent of Toyota. They happened to be similar so they worked out an agreement to avoid patent infringment issues.

      If Ford was using Toyota's technology then why wouldn't Toyota's hybrid system be superior to the escape or now on the Fusion?
      • 6 Years Ago
      think the mpg targets were directly aimed at meeting the new NYC black car fleet requirements (of 35mpg)? this mean the hybrid powertrain show up on the MKZs as well?
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys are mad at the fact that it is only a 5 mpg improvement. I think it's great they happen to squeeze more mpg's. Do you people know how hard it is to engineer a vehicle, do you know how much R&D time it takes to engineer a vehicle only to hear idiotic remarks on Auto Blog. It never ceases to amaze me, it's always the same people dissing. I say, GOOD JOB FORD.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not only did they squeeze more MPG from the system, they also bumped power across the board while increasing fuel efficiency at the same time.

        I have the original 3.0L Duratec motor in my Taurus, and I wish I could get it to 240 HP. The 3.5L should be even more fun. Hopefully it'll be the direct injection version. I'm not really interested in gas mileage, as per my post above, I'm interested in power, but heck, if it'll save me a few bucks at fill-up time, I'm fine with that.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Also the Fusion has done very well in reliability ratings. On par with Camry and Accord.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hybrids seem to be moving towards decent vehicles!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ohhh, so they CAN make cats get better gas mileage, almost 40 miles to the gallon.

      I remember when the EPA was being sued by California and Detroit was adamant 40 mpg was impossible, and even if they could do it, the car would cost 100 grand.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Wait, cats run on gasoline? What else haven't you people been telling me???
        • 6 Years Ago
        10 years ago that was true - 15 years from now it will be twice that MPG...

        This car looks good - want it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, the point of the whole "40 mpg is impossible" argument was that they wanted to impose it as an average across their WHOLE PRODUCT LINE, not just one car. One car is easy, EVERY car is incredibly expensive and in the case of trucks, nearly impossible.

        And for those who see a 4 door C/D class car with the BEST MILEAGE IN IT'S CLASS and still complain about it "only" being 5 mpg more need to seriously wake up. Ford makes zillions of gas guzzling SUV's that people DEMAND and they get crap for it, so they retool all their plants and then build a 38 MPG family sedan with virtually no tradeoffs for fuel economy and they STILL get crap.

        Seriously, enough with the negativity. Nothing is ever good enough.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...For you people.
      • 6 Years Ago
      yea, all these high gas mileage numbers look great...on paper.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So you manually kept track of the mpg on your first tank?
        • 6 Years Ago
        My 08 Ranger said 26 mpg on the window when I bought it. The first tank, I got 28 mpg. I'd say the numbers DO look good on paper, but better when you exceed them on a regular basis with normal driving.
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