Humbled - 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Long-Term Road Test

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Long Term Road Test

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Humbled

March 21, 2011

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I was all ready to write some deliciously snarky Dan Neil-like post about this car today. About how sanctimonious it is, what with its little sprouting-leaves display. About how unexciting it is to drive. About its bland exterior.

Then I tuned in to this morning's news: Oil prices rose $2 a barrel today. The average price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 7 cents over the past two weeks, and the national average price is now $3.57. And I had to ask myself: If I were buying a car right now, how would the Fusion look to me?

As Chris Walton and Caroline Pardilla wrote recently, our Fusion Hybrid is averaging 31.7 mpg and is tied with the Mazda 2 in our fleet for fuel economy. If the leafy current-average mpg display can be trusted, I've been doing quite a bit better than that -- up in the 36-39 mpg range in drives over the weekend and this morning.

Funny how those leaves suddenly didn't look sanctimonious, but downright sage (maybe those ARE sage leaves, come to think of it). I saw the car less as boring than as sensible. And so I'm putting away my bon mots and hereby give the Fusion Hybrid the respect it's due.

But I still think it's about as visually appealing as dollop of tapioca.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 12,648 miles

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