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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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2013 Fusion . . . yes please!
By Greymoor on 9/18/2012 4:00:20 PM , Rating: 2
Folks this is a midsized car not a compact / subcompact jelly bean. We ordered ours a couple of weeks ago. Listed for about 32.5K A-plan just under 30K (Thanks Bro). The wife will be doing the torture test over the next few years as her diesel bug just passed 375K miles and is getting tired.

Now lets see how the batteries handle 38K - 42K a year for 8 years or so.




RE: 2013 Fusion . . . yes please!
By GatoRat on 9/18/2012 11:24:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'd love to find out your long term experience. I've been looking at a 2012 or 2013 Camry Hybrid for my next car and this may change that. Thing is, Toyotas have a deserved reputation for quality over time. Fords have good quality out-the-door, but I've not been so impressed five years on.


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