2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Trade in That Prius
February 22, 2010
I've been accused of being anti-hybrid. I'm not. But I am anti-bad-driving-experience. And the Ford Fusion Hybrid is my evidence. I love it.
Loyal readers of Edmunds.com will also remember how much I liked our long-term Accord Hybrid back in 2005.
Like the Honda, the Fusion Hybrid delivers a good driving experience, not just better mileage. Ford, like Honda, has taken an excellent car and then made it a hybrid. This is how to do it in my book.
Why? Because dedicated hybrids like the Prius, Insight and the new Lexus HS 250h force sacrifices on their drivers. But the Fusion does not. It has no funky seating position. No Star Trek ergonomics. No deafening road noise. No odd sythetic feeling in its steering or brakes.
Basically it doesn't make me feel like I've traded my car for a pod. Plus, it isn't pathetically slow. Okay, so its trunk is on the small side, but nobody ever said 40 mpg was free.
How anybody drives a Fusion Hybrid and then goes out and buys a Prius or an Insight is something I'll never understand. They either really want a hatchback (Go buy a Honda Fit.) or they really want a billboard telling the world they are Green.
I just want a good driving car. I don't care what my neighbors think.
If I were in that market right now, my money would be spent on a Fusion Hybrid. In my book, it's the best hybrid sedan out there.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief