"Good car with a few quirks."4.0 starson by mmcirvin
Pros: Beautiful car asthetically with a comfy ride and ultra quiet interior. Great gas milage for a car this size with adequate power and good handling. Precise steering. Nice set of features only found in more expensive sedans.
Cons: Motor is a bit loud on heavy acceleration. Brake seems to be a two-stage process - smooth to begin with then grabs abruptly. Electronics are intuitive and easy to use but the voice command functions on the Sync are abysmal.
Summary: The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid came along at just the right time. I didn't want a Prius and everything else had really poor gas milage for the extra hybrid money manufacturers were asking for. I also wanted something from a US car maker.
The looks of the new Fusion are outstanding. A beautiful looking car that includes a pronounced grill and smooth lines. The raised ribs on the hood add a nice touch. The car is definately a head-turner.
The interior is very comfortable with plenty of options for setting the driver's seat to a variety of positions. The passenger seat can be pushed back very far giving tall people plenty of leg space. Seating is firm and comfortable but I wish there was a bit more lumbar adjustment.
The dash has many different information menus that provide driving details at the push of a button. I find the dash a bit too busy for my liking and the efficiency leaves are really unnecessary.
The standard sound system is adequate but doesn't really envelope the driver when playing music. The Sync system has not been buggy at all for me. I have heard that others have had trouble with it but I can say I've not been affected by any buggy issues. With that said, the voice-command part of the Sync system is terrible. I have to yell for it to hear me and when speaking, it takes 2 or 3 tries for it to understand what I said. I find it much easier and quicker to just use the touch screen or regular, tactile buttons to get what I want. Bluetooth to my iPhone is seemless and automatically hooks up as soon as I get in the car. Navigation works well in my experience with it.
Driving characteristics are smooth and precise - quite boring actually. I love to drive...the mechanics and physical work of driving a car. This car is so automatic in nearly everything it does - it requires virtually no effort. The brake pedal is a little strange. It's smooth as you start to press on it and then engages abruptly causing a less than smooth braking experience until getting past that point. Once noticable braking occurs, it's very smooth during the braking process.
The power is adequate but nothing that will get anyone too excited. I drove the turbo version of the new Fusion and it was much more exhilerating than the hybrid but doesn't touch the hybrid when it comes to gas milage. The engine can be a bit noisy under heavy acceleration with a slight pull from the front-wheel drive. Transition between the electric motor and the gas engine is virtually unnoticable. The CVT transmission is very smooth.
Gas milage is overstated by Ford. I'm averaging about 39 miles to the gallon combined. At times I have gotten 55 mpg going to work and then 28 mpg coming home. I could complain but after driving a truck with 13 mpg, I'm feeling pretty good about it. It would just be nice to know where Ford came up with those numbers because I have yet to find anyone anywhere able to duplicate it.
Over-all, I would give the car a good, solid "B" grade. There are many positives, a few annoyances, but I would definately recommend the car for a nice, above average vehicle to drive.
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