2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Long Term Road Test


2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Track Testing

February 04, 2010

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Like all of Edmunds.com long term test cars, the fuel economy-minded 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid was initiated to the group at our testing facility within a few weeks of joining our fleet. Greenery be damned.

Follow the jump for full performance results and a bonus video!

Vehicle:
Odometer: 1,780
Date: 1/5/2010
Driver: Chris Walton

Specifications:
Drive Type: Front wheel drive
Transmission Type: CVT
Engine Type: Atkinson-cycle Inline-4 and permanent-magnet AC synchronous electric moto
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 2,488/152
Redline (rpm): 6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 156 @ 6500 (engine) / 106 @ 6500 (motor) / 191 @ 6500 net combined
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 136 @ 2250 (engine) / 166 @3,000 (motor)
Brake Type (front): 11.8-inch ventilated disc with integrated regenerative braking
Brake Type (rear): 11.0-inch solid disc with integrated regenerative braking
Steering System: Speed-proportional electric-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Suspension Type (front): Independent, Double Wishbones, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Type (rear): Independent, Multi-Link, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Tire Size (front): P225/50R17 93V M+S
Tire Size (rear): P225/50R17 93V M+S

Tire Brand: Michelin
Tire Model: Pilot Energy MxV4 S8
Tire Type: All-season
Wheel Size: 18 x 7.5
Wheel Material (front/rear): Aluminum
As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,787

Test Results:
0 - 30 (sec): 3.6
0 - 45 (sec): 5.9
0 - 60 (sec): 8.9
0 - 75 (sec): 12.7
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 16.6 @ 87.3
0 - 60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 8.6
30 - 0 (ft): 30
60 - 0 (ft): 122
Braking Rating: Good
Slalom (mph): 60.5
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): .79
Handling Rating: Average
Db @ Idle: 38.2
Db @ Full Throttle: 74.2
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 63.1

Acceleration Comments: Really lethargic off the line no matter what I try...then droning, linear acceleration thereafter. D and L net same results at wide open throttle. Zero torque steer. (Battery indicator showed "full" before start of each run.)

Braking Comments: Consistent, straight (and noisy) stops. A slight wiggle in the rear on one, however. Pedal effort is medium to high. Mild fade by 5th stop. Strange odor (not typical brake smell.) Handling Comments: Skid pad: ESP closes throttle to keep speed down. Steering is springy and feels electric. Slalom: Zero steering feel followed by "delay-gain" once it bites. Otherwise the car feels more capable than the ESP will allow. Good balance, and neither under nor over-steers. Used L to hold gear.

And as promised, here's a video! After testing I grabbed the keys and my camera, sat at the end of the track and stood on the throttle until I got bored. (read: ran out of space.) Disregard the 13.1 mpg we averaged while testing and the phone call I get (but don't answer) from Dan Edmunds right around the 14-second mark.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid in VA is:

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