Pros Interior on par with cars that costs $10k more. Excellent technology package, yet very user-friendly. Good acceleration for a 4-cylinder engine (let alone a hybrid), especially in the 30-70+mph range. Smooth, yet responsive ride.
Cons --The electronic steering is a touch on the sensitive side for my liking
Summary I live in California, so handsfree is a must. I tend to shy away from Bluetooth headsets because of the poor sound quality and the hassles of pairing, unpairing, etc. I have to say that I have been blown away at the high quality of the sound and the elegance of the bluetooth's pairing and unpairing. When you get in the car, it automatically pairs with the device you've set as your favorite. It can remember at least half a dozen different devices, from phones to PDAs and computers, and the system allows the user to switch the connection between any of the devices at the touch of an on-screen button (on the navigation system, of course. I can't speak for the non-navi version). This doesn't sound like a big deal, but to those of us with separate phones for work and personal use, this is HUGE.If this car had been built in America and cost consumers $3-5k more, you'd be criticizing the price. You can blame whoever you want, but I personally can't fault Ford for trying to survive where certain other American car companies have failed. More cars will be built by U.S. workers once it makes economic sense. And it won't make economic sense as long as U.S. workers remain the most protected in the world.
Don't sell yourself short by choosing the Camry Hybrid or the Altima Hybrid. Although, if your budget is tight, the cheaper Insight or Prius may be the way to go. This car is in a class of its own, in my opinion. I know that Hybrids will continue to take significant steps forward every few years, but with this car I am confident that I won't be wishing I had waited for the technology to improve.
Mileage: Contrary to EPA numbers, my best mileage is on the highway--anywhere between 42-53 mpg, my average being around 46mpg. When I have a lead foot, I still get 35mpg on the highway. For trips of more than 5 miles, I've never registered less than 30mpg.
Other useful info: For those that are planning to purchase, and don't mind doing a little negotiating, I did manage to catch a glimpse of the dealer invoice on my 502A package FFH, and the factory holdback was $932. I just wish I had seen that before I was sitting in the finance guy's office with an agreed-upon price...
Updated on Sep 23, 2009
Updated on Sep 23, 2009If this car had been built in America and cost consumers $3-5k more, you'd be criticizing the price. You can blame whoever you want, but I personally can't fault Ford for trying to survive where certain other American car companies have failed. More cars will be built by U.S. workers once it makes economic sense. And it won't make economic sense as long as U.S. workers remain the most protected in the world.
Pros I love the design inside and out of the car, excellent balance of fuel economy 37 mpg with performance. Unlike the toy cars like the prius and civic, this is a drivers car with luxury car level features. Not even the Japanese cars have Sony stereos.
Cons There's nothing not worth liking in this car. The style, the features, the fuel economy, the performance, the eco friendliness of the car, the Microsoft Synce system, the Sony sound system, the Navi, the leather, back up camera, lane assist, etc.
Summary This car has everything above, plus it is an American product. I have owned Hyundai, Nissan, Lexus cars prior to buying this Ford Hybrid Fusion. According to Consumer Reports, Motor Trend and Car & Driver, the new Ford cars meet or exceed Toyota and Honda in quality. If this is Ford's new M.O., they will not only be the leader in North America, but around the world. Although Obama is the new defacto CEO for GM and Chrysler, he keeps a Hybrid Escape back home in his Chicago garage. You should check it out!!
"Love this car..."on by craigneth
Pros Mileage, comfort, amenities.
Cons Headroom in the back seat is just barely enough for 6 footers
Summary We clunked our old minivan for this car - and it's our new favorite vehicle. The hybrid technology works fabulously and seamlessly. So far we're averaging 42.5MPG on varied terrain and a good mix of city and highway driving. Would buy another one in a heartbeat.
Pros Long term average >40 MPG at 5,000 miles
Smartguage / LCD - so much wonderful info makes it a joy to drive
Sirius traffic/weather/gas prices - it WORKS!
No compromises due to the HYBRID power plant (styling and smooth, quiet, great ride, etc)
Cons Engine noise not intuitive ie. when you stomp on it instead of an immediate high rev it is delayed (the accel is immediate)
More luxury features? this may be an engineering compromise to improve the mileage in which case I would take 1-2 extra MPG
Summary I stumbed into purchasing this car after primarily looking at poor-mileage SUV's to fit my 5-person family + guests. I saw this 2010 Fusion Hybrid in the showroom and was very impressed by the technology. A few weeks later my job situation changed requiring that I drive 500 miles a week. The 7-passenger suv with 15 -20 mpg no longer made any sense. The test drive was underwhelming. It is so hard to get good use of the EV without driving around for for 10 min or so to charge the battery. Long story short, I bought it based on the MPG rating and the incredible interior and technology (sync, nav, smartguage, bluetooth, usb, etc), hoping that I would get the EPA mileage.
It was a great gamble, within 2 weeks I was able to get 50.0 mpg on a 100-mile (mostly highway) trip. When I am stuck in Chicago traffic and everyone is frustrated, I am enjoying the fact that my mileage goes UP at these slow speeds (in EV mode). At first I thought the growing leaves was gimmicky but after 2 months with the car, I still think it is great whenever I have a lot of leaves (my max is 23 leaves - but I know I can do better!). My wife calls me obsessed. I never gave a hoot about my gas mileage before (our minivan and old suv averaged 15 mpg). Now it is a source of pride and accomplishment. With 5,000 miles on the car I am above 40 mpg. I don't "hypermile" but I use some care to keep in the EV mode when possible. I still travel the highways at 75 mph. I admit that sometimes I try to accelerate solely on electric power and I am a traffic hazard. I have mostly given that up as an inconvenience (unless I am close to my 23 leaf max). The most convenient and yet still efficient method is to get up to speed on the gas engine and then cruise on the electric motor.
Driving is fun again to me, despite my long commuting hours. "Best Hybrid Ever" per USA Today. Well, I say "Best Car Ever".
Pros High mileage (42), Interior comfort, fit, and finish
Smooth ride, Sound system, Value
Cons Exterior styling, Unresponsive handling, non-folding back seat
Summary I am coming up on 3,500 miles in my Hybrid Fusion, and I like the car more with each mile. I have been driving conservatively, and my total mpg is just over 42. Driving has become more and more about watching the mileage, and after several months it hasn't gotten old at all. My previous cars included a Z4 and a G35, and I honestly rarely miss the sporty acceleration or handling. Having said that, this car is no barn burner, and you won't be seeking out curvy country roads to enjoy the drive.Note - in cold weather the mileage takes a HUGE hit. The gasoline engine runs until the temperature is up, and on a really cold day that can be a good chunk of time. The bottom line effect is that a 10 minute commute on which I normally get 40+ mpg is well be below 30mpg on days in the teens or twenties.
The ride is incredibly smooth, and the interior is borderline luxurious. The leather seats are a must, and the premium sound system is terrific - better than the cars mentioned above. Controls are very clear and accessible with top notch tech. The backup camera that pops up in the rear view mirror is great.
I had 6'2" and 6'3" passengers in the back seat for a 2 hour drive with no complaints, though perhaps they were preoccupied as they made use of the very handy AC plug in the back.
The fixed back seat is less than ideal; however, the passenger seat will fold all the way forward to create more space. I was actually able to place (carefully) a 6 foot stepladder in the passenger cabin without compromising my driving position, though no one else was getting in the car at that point. A normal 700c bike with the front wheel taken off fits behind the front seats easily.
I'm not a fan of the big front grill, and it has not grown on me as I had hoped it might. I've only seen one other Fusion Hybrid on the road, but standard Fusions are popping up all over. Soon this will be unique only by the subtle hybrid badges and fairly bland wheels.
Using the A/C puts a big dent in mileage - I believe more than a normal car, but that could be because I watch it so closely. (after a while its habit forming, and ending each trip with anticipation of what the trip mileage report will say is unavoidable)
At first these were selling at or close to sticker, but with a large tax credit. Now that the credits on this car have been cut down or are gone I'm not sure what the dealing is like. Even at sticker the car is still a good value.
Overall I have no regrets!
Updated on Jan 16, 2010
I have had to my lower my total mpg expectations for the car from 39 to more like 34 year round - not insignificant when weighing fuel costs against the incremental cost of the hybrid.
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