Pros I'm getting 40-43 mpg. The car is very quiet especially when in "stealth" electric mode. Accelerates nicely. Nav and MS Sync are great, rear view camera is wonderful! Nice fit & finish and other little touches. Really enjoying this car.
Cons Not a luxury car but not priced like one either. Sony premium audio can sound harsh and bass heavy if you don't adjust it. Bumps in road can sometimes be rough.
Summary I've been writing about this car in my blog at http://ffh.squarespace.com for several months. Drop by and leave a comment at ffh.squarespace.comHere's a list of Ford Fusion Hybrid discussion forums:
Updated on Sep 7, 2009
Pros MPG, Sync, Nav, Dash, fit and finish is excellent for price; perfect size for 4. Blast to drive and see if you can beat your last MPG. Steering wheel feel. Very quite ride normally.
Cons Dash may be too distracting because of all the info. Drivers seat (leather) uncomfortable on right thigh (it may be me) Non-folding side view mirrors. Blinker noise inside cabin is obnoxious. Sub-par fit and finish in trunk.
Summary Ford has a winner. Very fews complaints. I think the reviewer is completely wrong on the handling part of his review. The Milan hybrid does have excessive body roll but the Fusion is very much under control for a 4 door mid sized car. Takes corners like a sport sedan (not the best but very good). The brakes are also mis-represented by viewer. During most of the braking, the electric motor is actually slowing down the car and generating electricity for the battery. Only in the last few feet does the brake pads actually come into play to stop the car from about 3-5 miles per hour. The regen is 90% efficient. Amazing! The switch from the motor to the brake pads is felt but not objectionable. I'm sure that the passengers (not the driver) will even notice it. There is a little "stutter" if you let the car creep slightly but then you learn not to do that! Yes there is no pass through or folding rear seats. I'm surprised the reviewer didn't complain about the smaller trunk...all because of the battery that the hybrid needs. I hope car buyers are smarter than the reviewer assumes them to be and can see for themselves the trunk size, the non-folding seats and no pass through. These are nit-picking complaints compared to the tech and design that went into this car. If you want a hybrid, drive a Prius (slug), the new Lexus (overpriced, lower MPG and handles like a slug) and then the Fusion. You will be as amazed as I am. Averaging 40 MPG and getting better over time.
Pros love the smooth quiet electric drive aspects and efficiency
Cons Ford service is having problems resolving issues: nav update needed, hands-free microphone update exists but local dealer service can't yet install, and blind spot sensor intermittently fails with service indication on dash.
Summary Like the problem because of the smart design and choice of advanced features, and because of the smooth electric-only drive at low speeds. I want more -- more battery capacity and plug-in capability in the future, please. Reply if anyone can help me get my Fusion Hybrid serviced the way it should be, I'm less than fully satisfied despite the good design and functionality.
Pros Comfortable car, drives nice
Cons Poor gas mileage!!!!!!!!!!! Average 32mpg
Summary The first 6 months we owned the car, we were getting around 42 mpg. Then with no change in driving habits or routes the mileage dropped to 32 mpg average and the mpg meter on the right will jump all over the place on the straight and level. Took it to Ford and they said there was nothing they could do since there were no error codes. So much for old fashioned trouble shooting, like clean the injectors etc. So here we are with a nice car that doesn't get any better gas mileage that a conventional car!
Pros 10/10 this fusion is the best american cars. Good Job Ford.
Cons none. Fusion definitely tells me that japanese cars have nothing better than what it has.
Summary This car is the best. Ford, I will buy your cars until I die.
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