2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Screens Galore
April 21, 2010
Who would have thought that getting a hybrid would also bring so much entertainment? Bordering on too-much-info, our 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid features a kaleidoscope of data to help you keep a running tab on the multi-faceted drivetrain. Until the new MyFord Touch setup arrives on the 2011 Ford Edge, our Ford Fusion Hybrid's colorful and functional displays represent the current state of the art.
The Fusion Hybrid is all ate up with screens. After a Cinemascope greeting (top) upon startup, bright graphics surround the centered speedo. You get the arboretum on the right, and a slick left hand display that serves as both a tach (above) and EV usage meter (below). The screen shifts instantly between the two displays, depending if the engine is running (tach) or if you are in silent EV mode. When rolling full-electric, the gauge shows battery level and whether or not you're drawing power or adding regenerative juice.
Our Fusion Hyrbid has the optional navigation system, and the large, center-mounted display also handles Sync's multi-media chores to create a sweet rolling office. The Fusion Hybrid is so quiet in all-electric mode that you almost look forward to being stuck in traffic, as you might as well be catching up on phone calls from the study.
The only downside is the large nav screen pushes the climate and seat heat controls quite low on the dash (below). This is a bit of nag when you want to make a quick change and don't want to chat your way through the voice-activated HVAC options.
Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 4,512 miles