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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: DIY Bulb Replacement

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...

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Mystery Ding

August 16, 2012

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Noticed this minor wound high on the B pillar of our Fusion Hybrid.

Seems like an odd place for a ding, and I have no idea what caused it. Have you ever had a ding in this location? How did it get there?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: A Mighty Wind

August 14, 2012

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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

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Old Man of the Fleet

August 10, 2012

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With 22,215 miles on the odometer, the Ford Fusion Hybrid (shown here getting a hose-down) is the old man of our long-term fleet. And for the most part, it's holding up pretty well.

That dash fade issue that we reported on a while back was addressed in a TSB, and elsewhere, our resident senior citizen is looking spiffy. No signs of wear on the seats, and most of the interior bits are good as new.

Click after the jump for some photographic evidence.

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: July Sales

August 7, 2012

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Sales for the Fusion Hybrid came in at 1,109 units in July, for a healthy 143.2 percent year-over-year increase.

This showing was good enough to make this Fusion the ninth best-selling hybrid last month. The segment's top 10 sales performers for the month of July are listed after the jump.

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 20,000-mile Service

April 24, 2012


The odometer of our 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid turned 20,000 a few weeks ago. Our Fusion is on a 5,000-mile service schedule, so we knew it would be due for fresh oil soon. We decided to take it in a little early this time rather than wait for the onboard warning.

Ford of Santa Monica was empty when we arrived. We pulled into the service drive and were met by an advisor immediately. Before we even completed the check-in process our Fusion was pulled away to the garage. As our advisor, Mario, handed us our estimate he said, "I'll call you once your car is ready."

Not 45 minutes later our phone rang. It was Mario, "Your car is ready, come on by and pick it up at your convenience." We paid a coupon rate of $42.40 for an oil and filter change and tire rotation. As with prior visits to this dealership, the process was quick and the work thorough. That's how we like it.

Total Cost: $42.40

Days out of Service: None

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 20,111 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 20,0000 Miles of Fuel Economy

March 31, 2012

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Our 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is going to reach the 20,000-mile landmark this weekend. We took a slightly different approach to mileage accumulation on the Fusion than we do most long-term vehicles.

The typical goal is 20,000 miles in 12 months under variable driving conditions. If we doubled the length of the test, we thought, and restricted the Ford to mostly city driving, it would give a better representation of its hybrid fuel economy. We tried it out...

According to the EPA our Fusion Hybrid should return mpg of 36 highway/41 city/39 combined. After 20,000 miles of mostly city driving we've averaged 32 mpg, well below EPA estimations. Our best single tank was 38 mpg, which showed the city figure was attainable, however, these estimations account for typical situations.

The EPA projections do not simulate what is considered normal city driving in the traffic congested streets of West Los Angeles. Under conditions similar to the Fusion, our 2004 Toyota Prius averaged 42 mpg overall. This, too, fell below its 50 highway/61 city EPA figures. Again, our best single tank of 59 mpg confirmed that these benchmarks were attainable in a predictable environment. But traffic is unpredictable. At the end of the day our overall fuel economy still came up short.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 19,991 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Redesigned for 2013

January 18, 2012


Good news for green-minded buyers who have the hots for the Ford Fusion: The standard Fusion hybrid gets a redesign for 2013, and a plug-in hybrid will join the lineup.

In addition to snazzy new sheet metal that calls to mind something British and expensive (now where have we seen that grille before?), the Fusion hybrid gets a fresh powertrain that pairs a 2.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder with an electric motor powered by a new lithium-ion battery pack. The model is expected to get EPA numbers of 47 city and 44 highway mpg, placing it well ahead of the current model's 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway.

The plug-in hybrid will be called the Energi, and it's expected to deliver more than 100 MPGe. This figure places it ahead of the Chevy Volt, which is rated at 92 MPGe. Any Fusion Hybrid shoppers out there? Are these changes enticing enough to make you want to hold out for the 2013 model?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Wheel Recall

December 14, 2011


Last week Ford announced a recall on 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milans. Ford is recalling the vehicles because of a risk of wheel separation, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The wheel studs may fracture, potentially causing a wheel to separate.

Full story here. But the important part for our Fusion Hybrid is that it has 17-inch alloy wheels. The recall only pertains to the 17-inch steel wheels.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Impressive Battery Durability

November 11, 2011


One of the most common questions I hear about hybrids concerns the batteries. Not the 12-volt one that starts the engine, but the large (and expensive) battery pack that does the heavy lifting for the hybrid system from behind the rear seat.

Our 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid has had no such problems, but that shouldn't be a surprise. Ford and other hybrid makers couldn't make any money or headway in the segment if they were constantly dealing with the bad PR and high warranty costs of replacing failed batteries.

But how reliable are they? What is the failure rate?

Ford has been producing hybrids with Nickel Metal-Hydrid (Ni-MH) battery packs since 2004, when the Ford Escape hybrid hit the streets. Each battery pack contains something like 220 or so individual cells made for Ford by Sanyo.

Between the Fusion hybrid and the Escape hybrid, about 190,000 Ford hybrids are in circulation, comprised of 43 million cells.

Five have failed.

Not five battery packs out of 190,000, five cells out of 43 million. And those failures were put down to a cell manufacturing issue since corrected, not an in-use drop in performance.

Those are damn good odds.

As for the electric motors, Ford reports that there have been zero failures among the 190,000 Ford hybrids in operation.

It would seem the only thing a hybrid owner need worry about is the usual stuff: changing the oil, looking after the tires, not leaving a light on so the regular 12-volt battery goes dead.

In fact we had a 12-volt battery failure in our Fusion hybrid about a year ago, but after that was corrected in the usual way the main hybrid battery pack turned out to be just fine, and continues to be to this day.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

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