• Dec 13, 2008
C2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

In addition to our own reviews of the 2010 Ford Mustang GT and Fusion Sport/SEL, AutoblogGreen has also published its First Drive of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. The new gas-electric version of Ford's mid-size sedan feature more advanced tech than its competitors, specifically the Toyota Camry Hybrid, and should have best-in-class fuel economy when the official EPA numbers are finally revealed. ABG averaged 43.1 mpg during its First Drive of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which tells you that Ford has managed to pack Prius-like mileage in a larger, more useful and fun-to-drive package. Click on over to ABG to read the full review.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      wow i m so not impressed. same ol style. same ol color that they love to show.
      so who here is gonna buy this car...i mean really buy this car and not say, wow this car is cool, its awesome, its fantastic, its green,...really whoooo..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really, this car should be a runaway hit for Ford, unless gas stays at $1.50 a gallon. But I think it'll be back up over $2.00 by the time this thing hits dealers.

      The only thing stopping me from jumping to buy one of these is that you can't fold the rear seat down in the hybrid. We do a lot of dog-hauling, and our Focus sedan is surprisingly dog-friendly if you fold the rear seat down.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice car, but the mileage is fas from Prius like. Most Prius owners driving NORMALLY get ~50 to 55 MPG, when they "hyper-mile" like you guys did to get 43.1 MPG people get 70+ MPG out of the Prius.

      Call a spade a spade.

      BTW normal driving in a Camry hybrid yields high 30's to low 40's MPG with hypermiling getting them to 50+ MPG.
        • 6 Years Ago
        CarandDriver.com says that they averaged 34 mpg on a 300 mile loop. Nowhere close to the 43 mpg mentioned here, but still 3 mpg better than the camry hybrid. This calls a comparison test with the prius and the camry hybrid.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My office-mate owns a Prius, and its trip computer informs her that she has a lifetime average of 42mpg. She's been driving it for 3 years.

        My uncle owns a Camry Hybrid, and he averages in the low 30's.

        As of yet, I don't see a reason for me to drive one of these things instead of a smallish car. They both bought them for image purposes, so I guess there's some "value" there. In the same way that there's value in buying Gucci.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For what it's worth, fueleconomy.gov shows the average calculated from actual drivers of the Prius( I looked at '04-'07 model years) to be right around 47-47.5mpg. That covers 526 drivers who have added their averages to the list for those 4 model years total. Those figures are also amazingly close to the updated EPA figures which state 46mpg combined. But, they are quite a bit lower than the original Monroney stickers which showed 55mpg combined for those same model years.

        I'm not terribly surprised though since the EPA testing guidelines were changed specifically to more accurately state the mileage figures of hybrids and they seem to have gotten it spot on. However, it had the effect of underestimating the mileage figures of other vehicles *cough* diesels *cough*.

        Look at the actual driver figures for recent TDI VW's(since they have been availabe consistently except for the '07-'08 model years) if you doubt the affect the changes had. I've yet to see a recent model which shows the actual driver averages to be lower or even within 3-5mpg of the updated EPA figures. Many are 5mpg or more higher than the combined figure the EPA estimates.

        http://fueleconomy.gov/
        • 6 Years Ago
        Everybody with a Prius that I know around where I live, average 41-43mpg. I do not know of a single one that has ever gotten anywhere close to 50. And with the very limited battery run time, you end up on the engine all the time anyway. And because the gas engine is so gutless, the electric motor has to kick in whenerv you want to merge onto a FWY.

        Go here and take a look at the averages, very few get anywhere close to 50:

        http://www.fuelly.com/car/toyota/prius
        • 6 Years Ago
        stop pulling numbers out of ur arss

        the camry hybrind my friend own, driving normal liek we all do get's him 29mpg
        i don't know what hypermiling you're bs'ing about to get 40-50

        even worse, my brother get 24mpg out of his 3.5L Altima -but to compare the camry hybrid to the Altima with the 3.5 is like night and day, and the extra $5k he paid for the Camry hubrid is not worth it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For those of you trying to compare this to a Prius you should stop now. This car is dramatically larger than a Prius and a backseat that does not require a contortionist to fit into.

        And Frank would you please show some data that supports your claim that a Camry hybrid can get 50 mpg? The only realworld data I've ever heard about on either the Camry hybrid or Prius is the fact that the drivers come nowhere near the EPA numbers.

        The EPA rating on the Fusion will be either 39 or 40 city which makes sense since unless you are a moron that thinks every greenlight is the beginning of a drag race you should always beat the EPA by 3 or 4 mpg. Especially after the EPA reduced the ratings by 2 mpg to placate the idiots mentioned above so they would quit whining about not getting what the sticker says.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course this 2010 Fusion Hybrid will have to go up against the 2010 Prius, thus comparing it to the older, current version isn't apples to apples.
      • 6 Years Ago
      43.1. I want to cry. Great job Ford!

      The thing is- the car looks normal. Not like a Potato wedge... like a duo of cars that rhyme with Binsight and Blius.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You do realize that the "wedge" shape is the most aerodynamic one right? Furthermore, the distinctive shape of the Prius (the current Insight came later so I'm leaving it out) is probably what drove its sales so much. Early adopters of hybrid technology wanted to stand out and make a clear, conspicuous argument for going green. Lots of capable hybrids didn't sell early on because they didn't have this easily recognizable, branded look. I mean, this car accomplishes that other automakers have already done, but packages it as a Ford. I applaud Ford for finally getting something like this right, but you can't deny that other automakers (Toyota and Honda) have a huge headstart on Ford when it comes to hybrids.

        Just because you don't like the car or the philosophy that underpins it, doesn't mean that Prius isn't the most important car that's come out in recent memory. I don't own one, nor plan on owning one, but its impact on economics, design, engineering, and culture is not to be ignored. Ford's adoption of hybrid technology is more an acknowledgment of what Toyota has done than an effort to improve upon it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Matty doesn't realize that the Prius is hardly anything special in terms of aero drag. The GM EV1 was a far more efficient shape (lower Cd), as is the Mercedes Bionic concept, yet both look better than the Prius.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Great, i thing 43+ sound amazing.


        Now what if Ford had this car on sale last year?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Matty- I'm just saying it's about time that we can get a car (besides the Jetta TDI) that looks normal, but can still get just-as-great Fuel economy as the wedges.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Matt,
        When you refer to the economic effect, please remember that almost every expert in the auto journalistic world come to almost the same conclusion. It's not cheap to own a Prius. When you factor in the price paid for the car vs. average time owned and miles driven, then compare it to the mpg and price of a cobalt or focus, the owner of the prius never wins.
        As far as looks, I think everyone here agrees that the Aztec was one of the ugliest cars ever produced. Put a prius next to an Aztec and you have an Aztec suv with a Aztec sedan, or maybe it should be a Prius sedan and a Prius suv. No matter what you wish to call it, they look like siblings. Yuck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well I think that the first hybrids had to be distinctive in order to justify the extra costs of ownership. Buying one allowed someone to have a fuel efficient car and make a conspicuous statement of their beliefs. Think about the situation in reverse. Someone who wanted to take a decidedly anti-green stance would probably buy a Hummer H2 over a Chevy Suburban, despite their similar performance numbers (or lack thereof).

        Now, the time has come for hybrid technology to proliferate to less-conspicuous packages. More and more Americans are considering hybrid technology due to the increased salience of fuel efficiency. Paying a little extra for a Fusion Hybrid over a base model doesn't seem like such a bad idea with the threat of high gas prices always looming on the horizon. For what it's worth, if I was in the market for a new car, there is NO way i wouldn't have the Jetta TDI as one of my top candidates. I understand that styling is so very crucial in the decision of what car to by. On more than one occasion, I've argued on this blog that many posters actually neglect the importance of styling and fixate on 0-60 times and 'Ring laps. Still, the harsh reality of it all is that lots of people actually like the way the Prius looks for the very reason that some people can't stand it. The ability to achieve great MPG numbers and be a moving advertisement for the green movement is certainly worth it to a lot of consumers.

        That said, I would place Ford ahead of GM and Chrysler in terms of going green at the moment. The Chevy Volt will of course be a huge deal if it lives up to all of its promised, and Dodge can certainly help itself out if it figures out a way to sell EVs. Still, I think Ford has a lot of work to do to catch up to Toyota. The base Fusion has always been outsold by the base Camry, and if Toyota improves the Camry Hybrid to achieve similar performance, Ford will again have to fight uphill. I'm not saying I prefer one over the other. I'm just saying that I fear sales of this model will remain underwhelming.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The wedge shape is only beneficial in that it allows the greatest amount of cargo volume for a given coefficient of drag. There are plenty of other ways to design a hybrid, and quite frankly there are thousands of buyers willing to purchase a hybrid that is not a rolling jelly bean or derivative of a family 4-door sedan or SUV.

      Honda really dropped the ball on the Insight design. It looks like they reverse engineered a previous-gen Prius. They had a chance to really make a statement. Let's hope they get the CR-Z right. I may trade my WRX for one.

      And as for Ford being behind in the Hybrid game, lest not forget the experience gained from the Escape Hybrid (released in '04 as an '05 model).
      Stabe
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have asked Ford why, since there is such a discrepancy between the battery performance in hot weather versus cold, they don't reroute the cooling circuit (regulated heating to the battery since the heat is already there after warm up!) to impart engine heat to the battery. Seems like a straighforward tweak to me! So why not?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good job Ford.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this Ford HY was devloped by Ford and not Toyota like the ford escape is,Then expect a nightmare and both a black eye for ford and for hybrids..
      • 6 Years Ago

      Looks better than the Camry and Prius. Very reliable too. Domestic bashers seem to still hate it though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford does not deserve to die. I also don't think it will, with products like these.
      I wish the very best of luck to Ford. Maybe people will look PAST the Camry Hybrid (and see how much superior this is to that in terms of materials/build quality, fuel economy, and driving dynamics).
      Stabe
      • 3 Years Ago
      The reviewer complains about the "harsh ride". BULL! I would have thought that someone his age would not prefer the old tired and lousy float boat rides of most American cars of the past. I have a 2010 Fusion Hybrid and its ride, handling and manueverability are fine! I like contact and tactile feel with the road, not that isolated numb butt feeling like one has inserted one too many hemorr-aids up ones...
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