August 14, 2012
I wasn't expecting much when I fired up the Fusion Hybrid's AC while preparing to run a lunchtime errand on a scorching summer day. A couple of bad experiences have caused me to associate hybrids and electric cars with poor to mediocre AC capability -- maybe it was time recently spent in the i-MiEV that led me to this conclusion.
Anyway, the Fusion Hybrid surprised me with gale-force winds that cooled the sticky cabin almost immediately. With the AC on full blast, I'm sure I wasn't doing the car's fuel economy any favors, but the cabin was a nippy and refreshing antidote to L.A.'s August heat.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor
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.
December 01, 2010
I love our 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid's cabin and heater. So warm and cozy that I just don't want to leave. You see, this past week has been unbearably chilly. OK, the low '60s may be nothing to those suffering in colder climes but for someone like me who owns only one top and bottom set of silk long johns which are only broken out for going to Mammoth or Sacramento, it's fuh-reezing! Add to the fact that my 1930s apartment doesn't have weatherstripping around its doors and windows and I am not a happy camper.
So I was thrilled when the Fusion Hybrid was my car for several days. Score! Seat heaters! Plus, check out how easy that climate control system is to figure out. Yes, I crank up the heat to 81, in addition to having the seat heater on the highest setting. I'm of a tropical people.
And if you don't want to deal with navigating the touchscreen to turn up the heat, there are accessible and easy-to-figure-out buttons below the audio controls.
July 06, 2010
Heading out in the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid for a 4th of July weekend one of our co-workers yelled: "Hippie! Go ahead and take your nice little blue hybrid to the mountains!" I should have told him that I could have gotten 38 mpg in my 2007 Honda Fit on a little four-cylinder engine. Instead, I took this hybrid and got 36 mpg over 475 miles. The difference was that the Fusion Hybrid was roomier (despite a half-sized trunk), quieter and more comfortable.
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
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 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