• Dec 9, 2008
Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

We're in the City of Angels this week to drive a bunch of new Fords, including the new 2010 Mustang and Fusion. We started off Monday afternoon with a mileage challenge in the new 2010 Fusion Hybrid. We can't share our driving impressions until Saturday, but we can tell you the results of the mileage contest. Ford hybrid applications manager Gil Portalatin used his intimate knowledge of the car to set some benchmarks the day before. Ford claims the Fusion will get at least 39 mpg city/ 37 mpg highway when the EPA numbers are calculated in the coming weeks. Portalatin got 46 mpg on the first segment of the drive route and 43.5 mpg on the hillier second part. Among the journalists on hand, Car and Driver's Steve Siler recorded a 43.6 mpg result on the first part. After Drew Phillips and I switched places for the second segment, I achieved 43.1 mpg, which is a very impressive number for Ford's new mid-size sedan.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow that's incredible. Great job Ford!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's fantastic. The Prius only averaged 41 or 42 when Motor Trend tested it for an extended period and this Car is twice the Car that a Prius is(too small, too slow, too ugly, etc.) There is no reason Ford should shouldn't sell out the whole lot in no time at all.
      Further proof that the Domestics Automakers have significant Engineering prowess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great economy, but at what price and what performance?

      Seeing the leather in that car has me concerned. Is the hybrid just another package where I have to pay for overpriced features that I don't want such as leather? Also, that interior design needs serious work. The shape and layout aren't so bad, but the multiple colors and shades are totally disjointed. That's what I remember about this car from the auto show also. There is simply no flow to the colors. There are about 4 different shades of gray, with some black and ivory accents. The floor mats don't even match the carpet. It's like multiple teams worked on the interior but never coordinated their efforts or communicated. How could they get the rest of the car so right, yet so totally botch the interior?

      I have to pay at least one compliment here. At least they didn't plaster the dash with lumber, er, uh, gawdy wood grain. That is one feature that looks hideous in and on most vehicles.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I really hope this sells for them! I'm even hoping that they can get this powertrain into a smaller car (ie Fiesta or something)

      50+ mpg and under 20k would be perfect. If you get this engine into a fiesta(maybe toned down just a little) it should return at least 50mpg and with some options come in UNDER 20k that would be a huge achievement. Maybe 18k base price plus options?

      I would definately be on the list!

      The Prius - many people overlook the versatility of having the hatchback... its unlike anything else! Is can perform most hauling duties that smaller SUV's can do..

      The Diesel Jetta - Diesel is now 50% more costly in Philadelphia Area. That means that a Jetta would have to get 60mpg to break even to the Fusion in Philadelphia, NY metro Market.

      The Jetta does well.. probably into the high 40's under optimum conditions.. but not 60's thats for sure.


      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this the new ford taxi since cities want hybrids?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uh, Sam? You want to mention that Autofiends achieved 43.4 mpg, thereby saving way more earth than you?
      • 6 Years Ago
      did you have a/c on? How long did you drive? At what speeds? where? highway? streets?

      two people in the car should be enough weight to compensate for "junk" as someone else mentioned. But the numbers are meaningless without the other figures.
        • 6 Years Ago
        We are probably going to have to wait until the driving impressions are posted for more information.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice! Good job, Ford! I always liked the original Fusion and the redesigned one really seems to build on what I liked. Front end grill is still a bit too much chrome for me, but they streamlined the headlights quite nicely. Keep giving it refreshes and keep it competitive!
      Derek
      • 6 Years Ago
      And this is better than the engine in a Jetta TDI why?

      Granted, the car looks like a step in the right direction for Ford, but adding needless complexity (hybrid) when current technology exists doesn't impress me at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Derek
        A Diesel engine emits 15-18% more CO2 and uses 15-18% more energy (oil) per gallon of fuel consumed. So this drivetrain seems to be more efficient than the VW one you mention.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Derek
        Diesel used on a car this size would not produce the same numbers. Comparing a diesel sub-compact to mid-size sedan is an apples to oranges comparison. And at the same time the price premium for diesel would negate any minimal pricing advantage the VW would have at time of purchase, if any. Also the quality of a VW comes nowhere near the quality of the Fusion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Derek
        Hey Fred, Wilma called. Dino ran away again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is definitely impressive and they deserve kudos, but does it have to be in such an ugly package? The exterior could be stomached with a little effort but that interior looks like it fell out of a 90's Hyundai. Who knows, maybe it looks better in another color.

      Oh, and thanks for the multiple close-up pictures of the Hybrid badge. That's a lot better than additional exterior shots of what the car looks like from different angles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      now you can be smug about driving american and a hybrid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These are very impressive numbers, so kudos to Ford.

      Yet i'm left scratching my head how a 2004 Saab 9-3 Linear with an auto, 100,000 miles, and 15" wheels can get 37mpg on a highway drive.

      I'm hoping the Fusion is a lot faster, more fun to drive, and able to get even better numbers in the city.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those were the pre revised numbers. After 2005 or so, mpg numbers were lower across the board. If the new Fusion were to use the old testing numbers, it would be around 45 mpg instead of 39.
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