20,0000 Miles of Fuel Economy - 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Long-Term Road Test

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Long Term Road Test

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 20,0000 Miles of Fuel Economy

March 30, 2012

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Our 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is going to reach the 20,000-mile landmark this weekend. We took a slightly different approach to mileage accumulation on the Fusion than we do most long-term vehicles.

The typical goal is 20,000 miles in 12 months under variable driving conditions. If we doubled the length of the test, we thought, and restricted the Ford to mostly city driving, it would give a better representation of its hybrid fuel economy. We tried it out...

According to the EPA our Fusion Hybrid should return mpg of 36 highway/41 city/39 combined. After 20,000 miles of mostly city driving we've averaged 32 mpg, well below EPA estimations. Our best single tank was 38 mpg, which showed the city figure was attainable, however, these estimations account for typical situations.

The EPA projections do not simulate what is considered normal city driving in the traffic congested streets of West Los Angeles. Under conditions similar to the Fusion, our 2004 Toyota Prius averaged 42 mpg overall. This, too, fell below its 50 highway/61 city EPA figures. Again, our best single tank of 59 mpg confirmed that these benchmarks were attainable in a predictable environment. But traffic is unpredictable. At the end of the day our overall fuel economy still came up short.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 19,991 miles

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