August 30, 2012
The brake light on our 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid burnt out earlier this week. We had an idea this was on the horizon, as the turn signal recently started the quick-click death spiral. In the case of the Fusion, the turn indicator and brake light share the same bulb. But let's rewind...
June 01, 2011
I visited my mom in Denver over Memorial Day weekend. She has a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid that's pretty much identical to our long-termer, and I ended up driving it around quite a bit. No surprises here -- the Fusion Hybrid is just a great car. It handles securely, the interior is quiet and comfortable, it'll go more than 500 miles between fill-ups and, yes, the fuel economy is quite good.
April 19, 2010
At just 11.8 cu-ft, the Fusion Hybrid's trunk could barely manage a trip to Costco.
Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 4,491 miles
April 13, 2010
After my first extended stint in our 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, I'm voting this Ford as one of the most livable of hybrid choices. My previous fave, the zippy, but limited-availability Nissan Altima Hybrid is slightly more adept at hiding its electrical heft when the roads get twisty, but in terms of a daily driving, the Fusion Hybrid asks almost nothing of its driver and provides real thrift (we're apes, and are still averaging over 31 mpg).
The knock on most hybrids is that you're always aware you're driving one. Save for the Fusion's silent boot-up, it's one of the most normal cars with an alternative drivetrain. Control-pedal responses are similar enough to a normal car that you're not constantly reminded that weird throttle and brake reactions are just part of the quirky joys of owning a hybrid. In the Fusion, the gas pedal instills a swift and peppy response, and the brakes feel much like a solid, hydraulic-only setup.
There are scenarios where the hybrid drivetrain can still catch you out. For the last inches of parking adjustments, the brakes can be a little touchy. In stop and go traffic, when you prod the car to step off quickly to grab a hole, the electric boost can still be surging while you're already back on the binders. You'll need to be aware the first time you angle for a very finite slot in traffic. Once things get moving, this e-boost is a boon, and the Fusion scoots from 50 to 70 mph in a torquey surge that belies it four-cylinder mill.
Unless you're trying to make serious tracks on twisty roads, most folk will never be aware of the added weight of the hybrid system. It actually seems to pay dividends on the freeway, as ride chop is reduced, and the Fusion happily floats along eating miles. If you do head energetically into the tight stuff, it takes a pretty committed pace before the Fusion starts to feel big-hipped, and the high-efficiency tires are already protesting at that rate.
Like the Altima (9 cubic feet), the Fusion's trunk space (11.8) is reduced by the alt drivetrain, but unlike the Altima (which loses 6 cubic feet to the Fusion's 4.7 cube reduction), the space remains more usable, to the point that most folk might not even notice the smaller trunk. The Ford Escape Hybrid that I wrangled just before the Fusion has more function in this regard, but overall the Escape feels nowhere near as polished. It's this livable sheen that gives the Fusion Hybrid such daily appeal. If you've been hybrid shy because of all the quirks, be sure to take a Fusion Hybrid for a spin.
Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 4081 miles
February 19, 2010
So I come out of Costco the other night and there's this very attractive women in her mid-twenties circling our long-term Ford Fusion Hybrid. I pop the trunk and start unloading my 789 rolls of toilet paper when she starts in on the questions.
I tell her how well it drives. How very comfortable I find the seats. What kind of mileage we've been getting. How it has been very reliable since we bought it just a couple of months ago.
But suddenly her questions stop and she starts looking around the car again. After two full laps around its flanks she says, "Okay, I give up."
"What do you mean?" I ask.
"Where do you plug it in?'
"It's a hybrid isn't it?" She shoots back.
"Well, where do you plug it in."
You should have seen her face when I told her it runs on good old gasoline.
"You mean it's not electric?"
"Nope. It's like a Prius," I say. "You gas it up at the gas station."
"You mean the Prius isn't electric either? The salesman at the Toyota dealer told me it was electric. You sure. I'm starting to think you don't know what you're talking about."
I'd had enough. I grabbed my vat of yellow mustard and got the heck out of there.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief
February 04, 2010
You asked about cargo space in the Ford Fusion Hybrid compared to the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight. Keep in mind, the Prius and Insight are considered hatchbacks. The Fusion Hybrid is a sedan and the battery lives behind the rear seat, so that limits its trunk. I added numbers for the Nissan Altima Hybrid and the Toyota Camry Hybrid, too.
|Maximum Luggage Capacity||Maximum Cargo Capacity|
|2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid||11.8 cu. ft.||12 cu. ft.|
|2010 Honda Insight||15.9 cu. ft.||32 cu. ft.|
|2010 Toyota Prius||21.6 cu. ft.||40 cu. ft.|
|2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid||10.1 cu. ft.||?|
|2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid||10.6 cu. ft.||?|
The Toyota Camry has a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, but I can't find any data on the maximum cargo capacity. The 2007 model (I haven't driven the new one) only revealed a pass-through compartment. In order to keep the battery protected, it didn't open to the whole trunk.
From what I can tell the Nissan Altima Hybrid does not have folding seats, although the non-hybrid seems to have them. I can't be sure, so the table above only has the numbers I could find. Hope this helps.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
January 27, 2010
So I finally got some seat time in our Fusion Hybrid and I'll admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the new sedan, mostly because it doesn't really feel much like a hybrid. Now I know most hybrid buyers will feel cheated if they don't hear the whir of the electric motors, but as far as I'm concerned, the closer this car is to a regular Fusion the better.
Two other things also jumped out at me. One, the seats are above average for a car like this. Not only because they feel nicely bolstered, but they also have that fancy white stitching down the sides. Nice.
The other thing that caught my eye was the dashboard storage bin. Kind of an odd shape, no? Not sure what might fit in there, but in my experience most people don't use them anyway. Maybe that's just me. Nice car though, I think I'm going to like it.
Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 2,717 miles
January 26, 2010
I drove our long-term 2010 Ford Fusion for the first time last night. It's an great commuter car with good space and excellent fuel economy, of course, and it's as utterly boring as the similar Camry Hybrid.
The center stack on our Fusion has a very good HMI (Human Machine Interface) with good, quality-feeling switch (and knobs) operation.
And the appearance is... well, a bit dated, but not too bad. That's because we popped for the Navi, which has a different center stack than non-Navi.
If you don't get the Navi, you end up with this...
January 11, 2010
Our new Fusion Hybrid is loaded with technology to make driving safer. (Photo by Andrew Reed)
I headed for the most crowded parking lot I could find in the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid to test the Cross Traffic Assist (CTA) feature. As you back out of a tight parking space you get a beep and a message on the dashboard saying that a car is coming from the right or the left. The system uses radar devices in the rear bumper that scan for vehicles coming at a right angle to your car.
The warning buzzer is rather loud and at one point there was so much parking lot traffic that it went off repeatedly. Still, an annoying buzzer is a lot better than a crumpled fender so I'd have to say that this is a great feature. The alternative is just to inch out until you can visually scan the area. By then you might be getting a different kind of warning buzzer -- another driver's horn.
Our new Fusion also has a blind spot warning system which is greatly appreciated on the jammed freeway I take to work. If a car is in your blind spot a yellow dot appears on the side mirror. It's a good way to double check that all is clear.
The Fusion is a pleasure to drive, very quiet and roomy with a useable trunk (though not deep). It's going to be a great addition to the fleet and a real contender in the category of hybrid mid-sized sedans.
Philip Reed, Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 2,014 miles