2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Why Can't All Hybrids Drive Like This?
June 04, 2010
Full disclosure: I'd never driven the Ford Fusion Hybrid for any length of time until last night, but I've logged a lot of miles in Priuses, Insights and RX 400/450hs over the years. And, you know, wow. I didn't realize hybrids could drive this way.
To start, there's the Fusion Hybrid's ride. It's comfortable yet controlled with barely a hint of float. Strapped into the driver seat on the freeway, I have the distinct sensation that I am driving a car, rather than sailing a large, water-logged recliner. I guess this is what happens when you start with a really good chassis; the shared genetics with our Mazda 6 are quite apparent.
I also like way the car accelerates. It's louder than I'd like in the cabin, but even on the Atkinson cycle, the Mazda-engineered 2.5-liter engine gets the Fusion Hybrid moving down the freeway with some authority (yeah, and the battery-driven electric motor helps, too). I may not get to rule Interstate 10, but I will not be a serf over in the right lane.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 5,443 miles