• Jan 9th 2009 at 2:04PM
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When we drove the thoroughly refreshed Fusion out in California after the LA Auto Show, it proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable ride. It now turns out that the Fusion is not only fun to drive, but also fuel efficient in forms other than the new Fusion Hybrid. The EPA has just finished crunching the numbers on fuel consumption for the four-cylinder Fusion and Mercury Milan, and the results are good. Very good. The 2.5L four-cylinder with new six-speed automatic is rated at 23 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway. By comparison, the 2009 2.3L Fusion was rated at just 20/28 mpg.

Those numbers are good enough to beat out every other four-cylinder mid-size sedan sold in the U.S. Compared to offerings from Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Chevrolet and Hyundai, it beats the the Altima's 23 mpg city mileage and the Malibu's 33 mpg highway number.


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DETROIT, Jan. 9, 2009 – The Ford Fusion is now America's most fuel efficient mid-size sedan for both hybrid and conventional gasoline models.

Ford announced today that new four-cylinder Ford Fusion S has been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 34 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city – beating both the gasoline-powered Camry and Honda Accord models. The news follows certification of the Ford Fusion Hybrid at 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, topping the Toyota Camry hybrid by 8 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway.

"Take your pick: Whether you want a gas-powered or hybrid mid-sized sedan, the new Fusion offers the best fuel economy in America," said Barb Samardzich, Ford's vice president of Powertrain Engineering. "We promised to offer best-in-class or among the very best fuel economy with every new vehicle we introduce, and we are making good on that pledge with hybrids, new high-tech gasoline engines, new six-speed transmissions and other fuel efficient technologies."

The 2010 Ford Fusion fuel economy certification was conducted at Ford's testing laboratories in Allen Park, Mich. The Ford Fusion S and the base-level Mercury Milan, both powered by a new 2.5-liter Duratec 4-cylinder engine mated to a fuel efficient six-speed automatic transmission, will carry an EPA label of 34 mpg for highway driving and 23 mpg in the city when they go on sale this spring.

The latest news on Fusion joins other Ford fuel economy leaders, including:
The Ford Focus with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and manual transmission delivers 35 mpg on the highway, 5 mpg better than the Toyota Corolla's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and 2 mpg better than the Honda Fit's 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, both also with manual transmissions.
The all-new 2009 Ford F-150 – which just recently was named Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year – achieves 3 mpg more than the Toyota Tundra pickup on the highway and 1 mpg better in the city with its 4.6-liter V-8 engine, compared to Toyota's 4.7-liter V-8. The F-150's larger 5.4-liter V-8 achieves 2 mpg better on the highway than the Tundra's larger engine.
The 2009 Ford Escape with new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine achieves 28 mpg on the highway, the same as Toyota's RAV4 and 1 mpg better than the Honda CR-V, both with 4-cylinder engines, too.
The Ford Expedition achieves 20 mpg on the highway, beating Toyota Sequoia's 4.7-liter V-8 engine by 3 mpg and its 5.7-liter V-8 by 1 mpg.

"We've done it in the heart of the truck segment with the new 2010 Ford F-150, and now we've done it in the heart of the car segment with Fusion," Samardzich said. "We understand how important fuel economy is to customers, and Ford is committed to delivering leadership. The great news is that our significant investment in fuel efficiency leadership is going to continue to pay off with every new vehicle launch."

Fuel Economy Leadership Priced Right
Ford has announced pricing for the new 2010 Fusion. The fuel-economy leading Fusion S with the six-speed automatic transmission features a base price of $20,870, plus destination and delivery charges.

Fusion also offers more engine choice than Camry and Accord, with two V-6 engine options – the 240-horsepower 3.0-liter flex-fuel V-6 and the 263-horsepower 3.5-liter Duratec V-6 engine. The 3.0-liter V-6 models start at $23,760.

The base price of the all-new Ford Fusion Hybrid is $27,270.

The new Fusion builds on the strong quality reputation of the current model, which has gained important third-party accolades, and will offer class-exclusive features, including Ford SYNC®, SIRIUS TravelLink™, BLIS™ (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert and Sony®-branded audio.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Fusion actually has impressed me somewhat. My few gripes with it are that the rear window doesn't give a lot of vertical space to see out of when backing up, and the wheel base feels really bigger than I expect when I'm parking. Oh that and it said "FUSION" in chrome letters in the middle of the dash / console.

      I don't own one, but my job has one that's part of our fleet so I've driven it from time to time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The 2010 Ford Fusion fuel economy certification was conducted at Ford's testing laboratories in Allen Park, Mich"

      I didn't realize the EPA let companies do their own mileage testing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And Ford has it wrong...the Fusion is NOT Americas most efficient hybrid. That goes to the Prius.

      Ford must have forgotton that the U.S Government classifies the Prius as a mid-sized car...based on it's passenger volume and cargo space.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wait... so you get paid by Toyota? That explains somethings.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Prius is a hatchback....Fusion is a sedan. It's the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan.

        Plus the Prius is fugly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wrong. The Prius is not a sedan. It's a hatchback. The wording is explicit; "mid-sized sedan."

        I suggest easing off on the Toyota Kool-Aid®.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No matter how great his car is haters will nick pick the car till death lol....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hopefully that won't include the American media. That's the last thing this car (not to mention company) needs. It's time to shake the stigma that all American cars suck, and the media doesn't seem to help
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah I heard December auto sales figures on two local news stations. Something like this:

        "Domestics carmakers are suffering from the economic crisis and lack of cars that consumers want. Ford was down a dismal 32%. GM was down a whopping 31%. Chrysler down an unheard of 53%. The imports Honda and Toyota were down slightly as well."

        Nowhere was Toyotas negative 37% and Hondas minus 35% ever mentioned!
      • 6 Years Ago
      So does that mean the manual trans is going away?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. That's excellent gas mileage for a conventional mid-sized car. I had been leaning toward getting something like a Civic or Corolla for fuel economy reasons when I buy my next car in a couple of years, but it looks like the Fusion would give me more size with similar economy, similar price, and according the Consumer Reports, similar reliability if it's as good as other recent Ford cars.

      Of course, by a couple of years from now the Civic may have been upgraded too, but at the moment I'm now thinking Fusion (or Milan).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Although it's a given since you're a reader of Autoblog, but it's nice to see someone do some research before automatically jumping into a Honda or Toyota like everyone at AutoblogGreen. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I admire a company that's using the crappy economy to go on the offensive.

      I hope they turn it up even more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think those are good numbers, but the Camry/Accord are much larger cars. The Fusion is a step down from both of those, and should get 34MPG highway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still a butt ugly car. Clearly the 4th graders designing it didn't consult with each other.

      That being said, can you get AWD with the 4-banger? If not...why? That would be a really stupid way to shoot yourself in the foot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Troll troll troll your boat
        • 6 Years Ago
        How is no AWD with the 4-cylinder engine stupid? AWD adds typically around 200 lbs, taxing small engines. I can't think of any other AWD mid size sedan with 4-cylinder engine. Help me if I am missing something.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks are in the eye of the beholder, but I think it's pretty handsome, although the grille is too big for my taste.

        As for the AWD and four cylinder... I think the market for such a car would be, to put it mildly, really small given the performance penalty of AWD with a low-torque engine. Other than Subaru buyers, I don't think a lot of people are clamoring for such a car.
        • 6 Years Ago

        True, but my point was taxing 4-cyl engine with low or regular power. In case of Audi A4, it's turbocharged for performance.

        (Is A4 a mid-size sedan? It seems rather small to me, but I don't know.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Subaru Legacy 2.5i (ignoring the turbod versions)
        • 6 Years Ago
        There is no technical reason that Haldex can not be offered with the 2.5 I4 engine.
        Ford would like to up-sell you for more money.
        If the 2.5 I4 has the 3.06 axle ratio (Does the 3.0 V6 really have shorter gearing?) then a Haldex model could utilize that 3.59 axle ratio.
        17% shorter gearing would offset 7% weight gain.
        225/55 16 tires would be nice, and the rear 'eLSD' would be the deal maker.
        When the road is dry, the yaw damping ability would allow Ford to deliver better handling.

        Ford should have this ready to go, just in case the US gets taxation based on engine displacement.
        • 6 Years Ago

        You can get an Audi A4 with a four banger and AWD.

        My girlfriend just traded her 2002 A4 1.8T Quattro for a 2009 Milian AWD back in Sept and loves it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Judging by the sales flop the Mazdaspeed6 was, I don't think Ford would be very smart to put AWD in this thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Could this car be any uglier?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You along with some others appear to be thrown off by the styling cues of the upcoming Fusion. Perhaps you can provide an example of another midsize sedan that has more pleasing styling. The issue here is the fact that the Fusion actually has attempted to present a semblence of style as opposed to the other bland offerings in this segment. That is probably where the confusion is coming from.

        The fact that they got rid of the "ghetto" or "ricer" tail lamps is probably the biggest step that they have taken with the exterior of this car. Along with the interior refinement this restyle is a big jump forward.

        The superior styling, along with superior fuel efficiency, superior handling, superior quality, and for the time beign superior affordability make the new Fusion look like a proverbial homerun when compared to anything else in the segment. And for that I give Ford kudos.

        Camry is already putting $2,500 on the hood in some parts of the country so the impending arrival of this and the Milan does not bode well for their future profitability.

        And to think, this is only the beginning. The new Taurus is going to redefine the full-size category in just a few months. For what that's worth since the full-size segment is all but dead. Then just over a year from now the new Focus and Fiesta. So in the very near future Ford will have the following segment leadership.

        B-car Fiesta (already taking Europe by storm, and Asia in coming months)
        C-car Focus (already there in reality, just not in public perception)
        mid-size Fusion (current model matches or exceeds competition now, except fuel mileage)
        full-size Taurus (Toyota already giving up on Avalon) (ugly Maxima is a joke) (will Buick even be around?)

        The press is just starting to acknowledge Ford as being in a better place than the other domestics financially. What their short-sightedness and import bias is hiding from them is the fact that Ford is on the verge of being in a better place than any manufacturer on the product front as well.

        The future is very bright indeed. I just can't decide which model to wait for.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford seems to be in the best position among the big three when it comes to product.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's amazing how so many people still believes Americans build low quality, junk, fuel guzzling automobiles. But here's a great step towards the better, and with improvements like such I might actually buy American soon (Still all imports in my garage... haha) :P Go Ford!
        • 6 Years Ago
        When you do for so long, it's hard to change minds very quickly... and none of you can deny that they did.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The same could be said for Hyundai. People's options take time, and if you have been making crap for 10-20 years, well it could take a generation to change perception.
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