2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: So Close, So Far
November 11, 2010
Point-one mile from averaging 38 mpg. So close. The Fusion recently turned 10,000 miles. I put an additional 200 miles on it over the last two days, nearly all of them traversing the clogged and crooked death slab known as the San Diego Freeway. The 405.
The Fyu-Hi indicates we're averaging nearly 38 mpg. My performance over the last 203 miles suggests this is pretty much dead on.
The car swilled 8.3 gallons on its last fill-up, but that includes an additional 111 miles from the previous driver. All told, the Fyu-Hi traveled 315 miles and returned 37.9 mpg after its last fill-up.
That's the best consumption rate we've achieved to date, according to our fuel logs.
About two-thirds of my 200+ miles were at highway speeds. The rest were bumper-to-bumper creepin' and a couple of ATM and Lotto runs for seasoning. The EPA rates the Fusion Hybrid at 41 city/36 highway miles per gallon. Dig that: we're more efficient than D.C. technocrats. I smell a Tea Party talking point in here somewhere...
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor