Guest Blogger: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
April 22, 2010
In honor of Earth Day, we have a guest post from our reader David White who drives a Ford Fusion Hybrid in the same color as ours but with many more miles on the odometer. -- Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
Here is what he has to say:
My wife calls it my personal obsession with fuel economy. I prefer to say it is a well-mannered, solidly constructed "sleeper hybrid" car that happens to return excellent fuel economy.
Over the last year, my 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid has managed over 20,000 miles. The steering still feels as tight and responsive as when it was new, the seats show basically no wear, and aside from a bumper nick from a stone, the exterior is as shiny as the day it rolled off the factory floor.
The quality of the build is impressive with no rattles or squeaks, and everything fits tight. The only negative after a year of ownership is the small trunk, but I find it large enough for my needs. Oh, and perhaps most importantly, I've managed an impressive 45 mpg over the one year.
Despite my wife poking fun at my obsession with mileage, she loudly trumpeted her own mileage the other day when she managed a notable 57.3 mpg after 10 miles of city driving. I could not take that lying down, so the next day I managed an almost unheard of 64.6 mpg as seen in this picture.
We are what I like to call mild hypermilers. We brake slowly, accelerate smoothly, carefully watch battery state of charge in city driving and use cruise control on the highway. With a light touch on the accelerator pedal and an eye toward the gauges, we can keep the car in EV mode for extended periods. With a full charge I've managed up to 1.7 miles on pure EV. With the more aggressive battery setting, it is possible to cruise around at 45 mph in strictly EV mode, although it is easier on flat roadways. Any large incline and it is better to just use the gasoline engine. But even with the gas engine, the car is so aggressive to stay in EV mode that any time you let off the throttle, or even just relax your foot on the throttle, you are right back in EV mode. The transition back and forth is so seamless you will hardly notice. As the IL editors have pointed out, it is truly lots of gain with little hybrid pain.
After a year of ownership, this car has remained so easy on my wallet for gas and so much fun to drive, that I look forward every day to twisting the key and stealthily driving away.
David White @ 20,000 miles