DailyTech has talked about the Ford Fusion Hybrid on two previous occasions. With each article, the car has grown even more impressive.
When DailyTech first visited the Fusion Hybrid, Ford boldly predicted that the vehicle would top the Toyota Camry Hybrid in the city by 5 MPG. A month later, we reported that auto journalists were able to extract 43 MPG from the Fusion Hybrid in city testing while a Ford engineer managed an even more impressive 46 MPG.
For once, it appears that an auto manufacturer is actually living up to the hype. The EPA has officially released mileage figures for the Fusion Hybrid and the vehicle does better than even Ford's initial projections of 38 MPG. In fact, the vehicle is rated at 41 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway -- 8 MPG and 2 MPG better respectively than the Camry Hybrid.
The Fusion Hybrid is able to achieve high ratings in the city thanks to its fuel efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, CVT transmission, second generation hybrid system, and a lighter and more powerful battery pack.
"It's not just one thing, but thousands... We've optimized the heck out of that vehicle, it's individual components," said Fusion Hybrid program leader Praveen Cherian.
Ford's Fusion Hybrid can travel up to 47 MPH on battery power alone and will start at $27,270.
quote: Indeed. My brother owns a 2004 530D and it is indeed economical if driven right, though if you drive like a "usual" BMW driver the MPG rating won't be nearly as impressive (same holds true for the Ford most likely).
quote: A Jetta is much more comparable in size to a 3-series than a 5-series
quote: What was the quietest LMP1 car? The one you did not hear coming until it passed you? That's right, the Audi R10 TDI. Diesels are not noisy.
quote: american car industry has always been waaaaaay behind the curve for engine technology, and now its falling apart because it chose to be ignorant to any alternative for years. what goes around comes around.
quote: So I guess thats why Honda is bringing the TSX and Accord diesel to US?
quote: thats what your stringent emissions have contributed to the world.
quote: Sources please!!! Also, we're talking about vehicle emissions not total emissions here. Stick to the topic.
quote: illustrates on the whole that the regulations must be flawed somewhere, or that overall america couldnt actually care less about total emissions and therefore arguing about diesel emissions is somewhat amusing when there is bigger fish to fry clearly!
quote: So where's the proof that our supposed disparity in CO2 emissions is because we simply don't care? BTW, I find arguing amusing.
quote: ...there's only trickle of cars coming to the US
quote: There was a time when diesel wasn't that expensive compared to your premium 92 gasoline price.
quote: Meaning there are/might be a few diesel vehicles.
quote: Top Gear absolutely loves the car. The ECOnetic version...
quote: I've owned a 2000 Taurus for 3 years, and I've never broken down on the side of the road. I've had stuff break, but nothing that required a tow.
quote: Certain US vehicles are poor just as certain Japanese vehicles are poor. You statement is from a lack of experience in the industry. Just because you keep reading praises of Japanese automakers doesn't mean all of them nor all of their vehicle line-up enjoys the same quality treatment.
quote: Been there, they are still junk compared to Japanese vehicles.
quote: So for less than $2k you can be driving a car that is almost as good as this hybrid.