2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Less App, More Machine
November 17, 2010
If the Devil's in the details, then our Fusion Hybrid is a doomed eco-demon. Other automakers have incorporated similar touches, but the Fusion pulls them all together into a single "of course" moment.
Like the 110-volt power outlet. Never stress on iPad or portable DVD power again.
Change, parking pass, exotic insects - this stash box has no reason to exist, but once you know it's there, it's invaluable. Just don't use it as an ashtray. See the little icon? Bad. Very bad.
In praise of the bottle holder molded into the door pocket. Perfect for the now customary double-fist of coffee and water on the go.
Not the most obvious spot, but good use of otherwise dead space around the center-channel speaker. But c'mon, there's only one use for this quirky cavity: Bass. 8-inch subwoofer in a ported enclosure. Do it. Center A/C vents are overrated.
Perhaps the most important detail Ford got right. The four-cylinder gas engine sounds and feels solid at speed. Acceleration from idle and the transition from electric to gas are still marked by minor, but perceptible, hiccups and shake. But once up to cruising speed, the engine emits a full-throated hum and just enough drivetrain chatter to remind you that you're indeed driving a machine, and not simply a piece of software.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor