Range Finder - 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Long-Term Road Test

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Long Term Road Test

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Range Finder

November 12, 2010

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Fuel Gauge 

Sure, the average MPG figure on our long-term 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid's display is impressive at over 34 miles-per-gallon (though not as impressive as Mr. Frio's).

However, even more compelling to my mind is the "miles to E" number. It's almost 450 miles, and that's after driving the car close to 100 miles since the last fill-up. You can see the fuel gauge is down to nearly three-quarters, which confirms the total range on a full tank of gas in the Fusion Hybrid is over 500 miles.

Cutting down on fuel consumption is fine, but cutting down on fuel station visits -- from a time-saving standpoint if nothing else -- really resonates with me. My old standard for total range on a full tank used to be 275 miles. Any car that couldn't go at least that far would have me stopping between Denver and Grand Junction while growing up, and during winter months you don't want to stop in-between those cities if you don't have to.

But between modern diesels and hybrids my standards have gone up. Now I want at least 400 miles on a tank of gas, and anything over 500 is pure nirvana.

What's the range you demand in a car full of gas.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large @ 10,120 miles

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