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Ford bests Toyota in hybrid efficiency

Ford has announced that the official EPA fuel efficiency numbers are in for its new midsize 2013 Fusion Hybrid. The Fusion Hybrid is now the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan in the country with an EPA rating of 47 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 47 mpg combined.
Those numbers top the Toyota Camry Hybrid by eight mpg on the highway and 4 mpg in the city. Ford continues to utilize efficient gasoline engines, electric motors, and lithium-ion batteries to allow its hybrid vehicles to achieve the same fuel efficiency on the highway as they're able to achieve in the city.

The EPA numbers surpassed Ford's previous estimates.
“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” says Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles, with customers able to choose the fuel-efficient powertrain that best fits their lifestyle.”

The 2013 Fusion Hybrid is capable of traveling up to 62 mph on electricity alone. The car also has Active Grill Shutters to make the car more aerodynamic at highway speeds to help improve fuel efficiency. The hybrid also has an underbody with an aerodynamically designed panel to help improve fuel efficiency even further.
“Fusion is a driver’s car,” said Raj Nair, group vice president of Product Development. “We have carefully tuned this car to reward the driving expert and flatter the novice.”

Ford will offer four different versions of the 2013 Fusion. The vehicle will be offered with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine rated for 29 mpg combined. A two-liter EcoBoost engine is available with 26 mpg combined. The 2.5-liter version of the vehicle is rated for 26 mpg combined. The plug-in hybrid version of the Fusion, called the Energi is rated for over 100 MPGe.

Source: Ford

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RE: And the cost ?
By Masospaghetti on 9/18/2012 9:57:34 AM , Rating: 2
1) You drive over 62 mph, or
2) You want more than <10 miles EV range?

The Fusion would be better on long trips (47 mpg vs 40 mpg), but not as efficient for local driving (47 mpg vs 98 mpg-e).

What is your beef with the Volt, anyway?

RE: And the cost ?
By Nutzo on 9/18/2012 11:24:38 AM , Rating: 2
EV range is only about 2 miles assuming the battery is fully charged.

If you want a longer range you need to buy the plugin version, not the hybrid. The plugin version has an EV range of around 20 miles, plus it qualified for the Federal Tax rebate, making the price close to the price of a similarly configured hybrid.

Ford also has the C-Max, a crossover Hybrid and a plugin that gets the same milage.

RE: And the cost ?
By ebakke on 9/18/2012 12:41:19 PM , Rating: 3
plus it qualified for the Federal Tax rebate, making the price close to the price of a similarly configured hybrid.
False. The price is the price. It's the same whether or not the vehicle qualifies for the tax credit. What differs, however, is whether or not you're able to force your neighbors to pay for 20% of your new car.

RE: And the cost ?
By Nutzo on 9/19/2012 11:30:02 AM , Rating: 2
Completely agree with you on the tax credit.
It's wrong to force taxpayers to subsidize these cars, especially since most of these cars are still so expensive only the rich and upper middle class can afford them.

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