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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 07, 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.

Hybrid - July Sales

1. Toyota Prius - 10,080

2. Toyota Camry Hybrid - 3,197

3. Toyota Prius c - 3,065

4. Toyota Prius v - 2,810

5. Chevy Malibu Hybrid - 1,938

6. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid - 1,888

7. Lexus CT 200h - 1,499

8. Lexus RX400/450h - 1,171

9. Ford Fusion Hybrid - 1,109

10. Buick LaCrosse Hybrid - 867

Hybrid Cars
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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

March 30, 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.

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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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Re-Tired

November 03, 2011


As we saw in our last episode, our 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid recently lost the battle of the bulge, presumably with a west-side pothole. At least the Fusion's 50-series tire had enough sidewall to the keep the wheel from getting dinged.

But we can't say as much for our wallet, which got lightened by $270.52. That sum included the tire itself, mounting, balancing, tire disposal fees, a tire rotation and sales tax.

Days out of service: 0.5

After the car sat overnight, the new tire arrived at Stokes at 8:07 am this morning. I brought the car around at 9:00 am and was out of there by 9:30 am.

The only way it would have been any easier is if it had never happened at all.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Twins with Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

October 18, 2011

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The Lexus ES350 gets slammed for being the mechanical twin of the Toyota Camry, yet the Lincoln MKZ (twins with our long-term 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid) doesn't attract the same derision -- perhaps because many people don't care? Lincoln is advertising the daylights out of the MKZ, and they go one better than Lexus by offering a hybrid version of the MKZ. Lexus doesn't offer a hybrid version of the ES -- yet.

Anyway, I drove the MKZ Hybrid for a few days and liked it, a lot more than I thought I would. And not surprisingly, it was very similar to our Fusion Hybird with great steering, a firm brake pedal, and OK handling. They're both EPA rated at 41 city/36 highway, although we got only 33 mpg for the MKZ from just one tank.

I like the exterior styling of the MKZ a lot more than the plain-Jane Fusion, although the MKZ's interior is not true luxury to me. And the $7K price difference, $39,270 vs. $32,370, would make me think twice about getting the MKZ over the Fusion.

Hmmm. Which would you get? More pics on the jump.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Hybrid vs. Bi-fuel

April 28, 2011


Bi-fuel vehicles that run on both CNG and gas are big in Italy and other parts of Europe, as well as in emerging markets like Brazil, India and Argentina. These vehicles allow you to toggle between both types of fuel when you're at the pump. You can take advantage of CNG's clean-burning nature when it's convenient, but if you're not near a CNG filling station and need to fuel up, you won't be left stranded -- your car will rise to the occasion by throwing back some good old-fashioned gasoline.

I had an exchange recently with someone who was wondering why these bi-fuel vehicles aren't available here on the retail market -- he'd just gotten back from time spent in Brazil, where bi-fuel cars, trucks, wagons, vans and buses are a common sight. His feeling is that bi-fuel vehicles make a lot more sense than hybrids.

CNG never caught on here -- factors like lack of consumer interest, lack of government support and lack of adequate fuel-station infrastructure all played a part in that. But it seems like bi-fuel capability adds some measure of convenience and makes the whole undertaking a more reasonable proposition.

What are your thoughts as to why gas/CNG bi-fuel vehicles haven't taken off here? Do you think they make more or less sense than hybrids like our Fusion?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Breaking Even

April 06, 2011


We recently published an article that looks at break-even times for various hybrids. Hybrids are often more expensive than their gas-only equivalents and the break-even time is the length of time it takes for you to earn back this extra investment via fuel savings.

According to our calculations, it'll take a buyer 6.6 years to earn back the Fusion Hybrid's price premium relative to the equivalent, gas-only Fusion. Is break-even time something you consider, if you're a hybrid shopper?

The hands-down winner (or loser) when it comes to loooooong break-even times is the Lexus LS 600h. In that case, you're looking at a whopping 121 years.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: At What Price?

March 29, 2011


Ford recently released some figures that revealed something kinda interesting: In the case of its Lincoln MKZ -- available as both a hybrid and a gasoline model -- the take rate on the hybrid model has tracked at more than 20 percent since January 2011.

Meanwhile, the MKZ's less tony but mechanically similar relation, the Fusion Hybrid, had a take rate of just 6 percent last month.

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Humbled

March 21, 2011

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I was all ready to write some deliciously snarky Dan Neil-like post about this car today. About how sanctimonious it is, what with its little sprouting-leaves display. About how unexciting it is to drive. About its bland exterior.

Then I tuned in to this morning's news: Oil prices rose $2 a barrel today. The average price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 7 cents over the past two weeks, and the national average price is now $3.57. And I had to ask myself: If I were buying a car right now, how would the Fusion look to me?

As Chris Walton and Caroline Pardilla wrote recently, our Fusion Hybrid is averaging 31.7 mpg and is tied with the Mazda 2 in our fleet for fuel economy. If the leafy current-average mpg display can be trusted, I've been doing quite a bit better than that -- up in the 36-39 mpg range in drives over the weekend and this morning.

Funny how those leaves suddenly didn't look sanctimonious, but downright sage (maybe those ARE sage leaves, come to think of it). I saw the car less as boring than as sensible. And so I'm putting away my bon mots and hereby give the Fusion Hybrid the respect it's due.

But I still think it's about as visually appealing as dollop of tapioca.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 12,648 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Does It Make Sense Now?

March 10, 2011

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So this happened... (in Venice, CA anyway).

Last time we saw prices spike like this, small cars became the next big thing and hybrids (especially those with HOV-lane stickers) began selling above sticker in Los Angeles and elsewhere. As our Green Car Advisor, Scott Doggett just reminded us, Toyota surpassed the 3-million mark on hybrid sales.

Are you now considering a hybrid like our 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid (averaging 31.7 mpg), or something more traditional like our 2011 Mazda2 (averaging 31.2 mpg), or are you simply going to keep driving (more efficiently) what you have because it's paid for?

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 11,534 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: MyKey

December 30, 2010


With amenities like rear parking sensors, Sync and dual-zone climate control, our 2010 Fusion Hybrid is pretty nicely equipped when it comes to standard features. But one amenity that's not on this list is MyKey, a safety feature that's standard on the 2011 Fusion Hybrid and other Ford models.

Aimed at parents of teen drivers, MyKey offers technology designed to encourage safer teen driving. Parents can limit a car's top speed (to 80 mph) and audio volume, and they can also choose a setting that mutes stereo volume until front-seat passengers have buckled their seatbelts.

Ford just announced that an enhanced version of MySpeed will be available in certain models. This version offers four top-speed settings (80, 75, 70 and 65 mph) and allows parents to block explicit satellite radio stations.

Hmm. What are your thoughts on this type of technology? Do you think it helps teens become safer drivers?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Rare Regenerative Braking

December 06, 2010

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I really like our Long-Term 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, mostly because it retains the regular Fusion's FTD factor while getting impressive fuel mileage. I am, however, surprised at the lack of regenerative braking that occurs when driving it (the symbol for which is shown above).

Basically, if you are on the brakes you get regenerative braking like any other hybrid. Yet unlike just about any other hybrid I've driven, the Fusion Hybrid doesn't activate regerative braking/charging when the car is coasting. This is basically the opposite of the Mini E, (or the Nissan Leaf, if you drive it in "Eco" mode), where every throttle lift is accompanied by noticeable regenerative braking forces. Yeah, those are pure electric vehicles, but the Prius and Volt also engage regenerative braking while coasting.

I'm going to defer to the experts in Ford's engineering department. Maybe their calculations show that the loss of forward momentum from regenerative braking (when coasting) more than negates the increase in stored battery energy (except when the driver is intentionally slowing down by applying the brakes).

But that thinking does seem in conflict with most hybrids, which will absolutely engage charging mode when I cost down a long hill.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: What's this switch for?

November 30, 2010


Sitting in traffic this morning, I noticed our Ford Fusion Hybrid has three blanks, or dummy switches, on its center stack. While it's not unusual for our test cars to lack available options, those blanks became the subject of much scrutinty while I crawled along the 405 freeway, averaging just 15 mph for far too many miles.

"What am I living without?" I thought. "What might I need?"

I made my guesses during my boring drive.

Now you make yours.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 10,499 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Saving Apples, One MPG At A Time

November 16, 2010


Our Fusion Hybrid is really something else. Not only does the dash display sprout leaves in response to your eco-foot, but it also, apparently, grows these underneath the seats:

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 10,000-Mile Milestone

November 10, 2010

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid 10K Milestone

Our long-term 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid just crossed the 10,000-mile barrier. That's 10K miles of happy-hybrid motoring from one of the better hybrids on the market, IMHO.

The car still feels new. It still gets an easy 35 mpg. And I'd still rather drive it than a Prius.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large at 10,000 miles.

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Here's the Conclusion to 'Stranded!'

November 05, 2010


There wasn't any malicious intent nor was there a cover up, but it's been a hectic week around the IL offices and this update on the fate of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid just slipped through the cracks. In our last post, I delivered an alternate vehicle to Erin and toughed it out on the side of the highway. Ford's roadside assistance had already been notified and the MTA truck had "green tagged" our Fusion Hybrid to let any passing California Highway Patrol officers know that we had been attended to. It wouldn't be too bad a wait, right? Not quite.

Over the course of about two hours, three CHP officers checked in on me, the tow truck driver somehow didn't see me and had to take the freeway in the opposite direction to get back to where I was. Once he arrived and got ready to drive the Fusion onto the flatbed, he didn't think that it was starting -- he couldn't hear it. (It's not that unusual, it happens at the car wash too). I told him it was a hybrid, and we were on our way.

Ford of Santa Monica ran the Fusion through a number of tests and noticed that the ABS and hybrid battery system voltage was low. The car's 12-volt battery (not the hybrid battery) was starting to give out, and that caused a drop in the voltage levels of these systems. That in turn triggered the "stop safely now" warning light. The dealership replaced the 12-volt battery, which was covered under warranty, and reset the system codes. After that, the car was back in working order.

Total Cost: $0
Days out of Service: 2

-Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Stranded!

November 03, 2010


A mile into my drive to Las Vegas for the 2010 SEMA show, I got on the throttle hard to pass another motorist. (The Fusion was already warmed up and it's not an especially quick car, so flooring it to get around somebody is not what I consider cruel or unusual, but then Edmunds.com editors are a pretty cold, heartless lot.) Then, I noticed a warning light on the dash. I had already started to ease up on the throttle, but the car was easing up a little more than normal.

Soon, I couldn't go above 50 mph.

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Car Wars

October 29, 2010


In the neighborhood where I grew up in Philly, the neighbors always fought over parking spots. If you parked in front of someone else's house, chances are you'd come out to damage the next day. Seriously, it was that bad. Slashed tires, Pepsi poured on the paint, the occasional egging if you were lucky.

When I look at the easy access fuel door of our Ford Fusion Hybrid, I think convenient for you and your sociopathic neighbor. This picture says sugar in the gas tank to me. All too easy. Not only does the fuel door not lock, you don't even have to waste time unscrewing the cap. And with mischief night coming up, better park that baby in a garage.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 9,466 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Give-Away Goes to...

October 25, 2010


Remember last month when we told you that Drive Clean Across Texas was giving away a brand new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid? According to the Texas Department of Transportation's Facebook page, Gracie Botello of Beeville, Texas (about 50 miles north of Corpus Christi) accepted the keys from Pro Bowl center, Andre Gurode of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club who provided the car for the promotion.

By the way, the freaky exhaust-headed tin-man mascot has been expunged from the Drive Clean Across Texas web site. I guess we weren't the only ones...

We hope Ms. Botello avoids Skidmore, Texas which lies between Beeville and Corpus Christi.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Boooring

October 19, 2010


Don't get me wrong, I like our Long Term 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. I like the way it drives, I like the features and I like that I drive however I want and get amazing range and pretty decent fuel economy.

Trouble is, I really -- especially in this Light Ice Blue-- can't stand the look of it. The three-bar grille is ok, but the headlights and the tailights... ::shudder::

Good thing Ford is fixing this thing right for 2013.

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Win It!

September 23, 2010


Not ours, but one very much like it...

With a tag line that sounds more like an order from the local constabulary, "Drive Clean Across Texas" is giving away a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, courtesy the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. To win, you must be a Texas resident, at least 18 years of age, and possess a valid Texas driver's license. Your sole entry must be received before midnight on September 26, 2010.

Of course, Edmunds.com is not affiliated with this promotion in any way, shape, or form, but we just thought in the spirit of "friendship" (the Texas state motto, by the way), we'd get the word out to our friends in the Lone Star State. Good luck to all y'all.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Does it need a Lincoln Doppelganger?

September 13, 2010


We recently posted a first drive of the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (pictured above). Priced exactly the same as the front-wheel-drive non-hybrid 2011 Lincoln MKZ, it would seem a no-brainer to enjoy the increased fuel economy of the hybrid version for no extra up-front cost. At least Lincoln figured out a way to side-step one of our chief criticisms of hybrids.

Of course a Lincoln buyer would certainly enjoy Lincoln-exclusive features, but for about $6,200 less, a person more concerned with fuel economy (and less with a luxury badge) could buy an equally efficient 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid. What do you think? Does the Ford Fusion Hybrid need a Lincoln-badged doppelganger?

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 6,854 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Jeep and Dirty

June 26, 2010


Driving the Fusion Hybrid is so clean. We wash our cars every week (weather permitting). Clean car. Clean air.

Then I spotted this beauty.

Now that's what I call getting your money's worth out of a car.

What is the dirtiest your car has ever been?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: The Highway Thing

June 14, 2010

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We'd been offered an opportunity to drive the new BMW Alpina B7 up in the Bay Area over the same weekend as the Sonoma Historic Motor Races at Infineon Raceway, so I took the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid for the ride (you wouldn't call it driving, really) up there on Interstate 5. Why not, it's a car, isn't it?

And when I met up with Alpina's Andreas Bovensiepen, the son of Alpina's founder who now leads the company and a former BMW engineer of serious credentials, he asked me what kind of mileage I'd gotten while driving the 480 miles from Los Angeles.

Which is exactly the wrong question to ask about a hybrid.

It's the question everybody asks when they hear you're driving a hybrid, whether it's someone in Los Angeles who already owns a Prius or a German engineer (and part-time racer of some accomplishment) who is brand new to the whole hybrid concept. They ask, what's the highway mileage? That's because they're used to cars that do better while cruising than while driving short hops.

It's the wrong question to ask about a hybrid because the thing that boosts a hybrid's fuel economy is its ability to switch off the gasoline engine at stoplights and in stop-and-go traffic. When the engine is working full time during freeway cruising, a hybrid is just like any other car. The surprise comes not from its performance during cruising but instead from city driving. It's a reminder that a hybrid is a whole different thing, and it's not well understood by many, no matter that "hybrid" is a term in everyone's vocabulary.

Once we got past the fuel economy question, Bovensiepen loved the Fusion Hybrid. He loved the way the instrument display grew graphic leaves in response to a fuel-efficient driving style. ("Will they grow out of the dashboard once I get even better?" he asked.) He compared the quickness and smoothness of the engine start-up and engagement at stoplights to the new stop/start systems that now are featured on many small cars in Europe (only cars with manual transmissions, though). He was surprised to learn just how difficult it is to engineer a smooth transition between regenerative braking and mechanical braking. And we trundled around the paddock to discover just how fast the Fusion Hybrid would go on pure electric power before the engine kicked in (about 22 mph for us), and whether the car would climb a fairly steep incline under pure electric power (it would, though not very far).

Most of all, it was interesting to see that the challenge of driving a hybrid engaged even Bovensiepen, who has won overall at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. He recalled that as a young BMW engineer he had participated in the Michelin Bibendum Challenge with a BMW 3 Series, coaxing the most fuel economy he could from his turbo diesel and cheating like crazy by switching off the engine and coasting on downhills (and then wrestling with the suddenly unassisted steering). His reaction to the Fusion Hybrid demonstrated again that a hybrid appeals to its own kind of enthusiasts just like a BMW Alpina B7 appeals to its audience of enthusiasts.

Bovensiepen and I also agreed that the measure of a good hybrid is the refinement and efficiency with which it blends the transition between its two natures, the conventional car powered by a gasoline engine and the fuel-saving transportation module controlled (if not powered) by electronics. And I told him that the Ford Fusion Hybrid is the best of these that I've driven so far.

In case you're wondering, the Fusion Hybrid got 36 mpg on the Interstate on the way up to Sears Point and 38 mpg on the way back (it's downhill). It's a great car on the open highway in the Ford way, lively and agile without abusing you, very much in the character of the chassis setup that former Ford development engineer Richard Parry-Jones passed down to all his acolytes (much to our benefit). The sound ergonomics of the driving position overcome any compromises in sheer space within this stretched version of the last-generation Mazda 6. And even now there's still some green left in the pastures beside Interstate 5 and the cool morning air of late spring lets you see clear across the San Joaquin Valley to glimpse the snow-capped peaks that remain in the southern stretches of the Sierra Nevada.

The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid blends the personalities of car and fuel miser about as well as it can be done at this point. Why struggle with an electric car that has a limited, one-dimensional personality and forces you to own another car for serious travel when a hybrid can go everywhere and do everything?

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 6,028 miles.

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: The Bottom Line

June 03, 2010

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Our long-term 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid has been getting pretty good reviews here at Edmunds.com. I like it too. And Ford has certainly been advertising the daylights out of it, so a lot of people should know what it is.

But all of that doesn't mean much if the car doesn't contribute to the Bottom Line.

So I contacted Ivan Drury of Edmunds' crack Pricing & Industry Analysis team to find out how it's selling.

And the data surprised me. (Hit the jump to see how this story ends.)

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Guest Blogger: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

April 22, 2012


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.

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Stuck Throttle Near-Miss, For Real

April 19, 2010


I had a stuck-throttle unintended acceleration incident on the way to work in our 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. No, I am not making this up. It was not a set-up. It was not a planned test. I was simply driving to work listening to the radio, somewhat groggy and in need of caffeine at 5:45 in the morning, when it just happened.

The whole thing lasted only a handful of seconds before it self-corrected. There was no crash, but the Fusion did bear down uncomfortably close to the car ahead after I lifted my foot off the throttle at the end of a passing maneuver.

There's a video after the jump. Skip all the way to the end if you don't want the back-story. For those who do, here's how it went down...

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Where Do You Hold the Steering Wheel?

April 15, 2010


I was always taught to hold a steering wheel at 9 and 3 (like on the face of a clock). But I know a lot people do 10 and 2. When I was a teenager, much to the dismay of my father, I used to keep both hands at the bottom of the wheel. "You have no real control that way," he would say. "What if you have to make an emergency maneuver?" I was just being lazy and I thought it looked cool.

At our annual driving school, the instructors tell us that we should cheat even lower down the steering wheel, more in the area of 8 and 4. And they also tell us to shuffle the steering wheel when turning, not go hand over hand like I was taught as a kid. This is because of the airbags in the wheel. You don't want to get your fingers caught in the event of a collision. You never want to have your fingers/arms/hands crossing the center of the wheel.

Most modern steering wheels are made for the hands to comfortably fit at 9 and 3. As you can see in the picture, the steering wheel on our Ford Fusion, and also on our Ford Flex, make it easy for you to place your hands lower.

Where do you hold the steering wheel?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 4,233 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Wheels

March 22, 2010


I've been paying a lot of attention to wheels lately. Here is a close-up of the wheels on our 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

What do you think of multi-spoke wheels like this, attractive or just a pain to clean?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Conquests

March 08, 2010


According to Ford, the redesigned Fusion is attracting more customers to the Ford brand than ever before. The company is finding that people who were considering another midsize sedan - most likely imports like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry or Nissan Altima - are purchasing the Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid.

Sales to first-time Ford buyers in February were up 60 percent for the Fusion and 82 percent for the Fusion Hybrid.

Judging from my last informal survey of your opinion, you would prefer the Fusion Hybrid over the Prius and Insight. But would you buy it over the Accord Hybrid and Camry Hybrid?

I know, I know. You'd rather have a Mustang. But just consider the cars listed above.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Suspension Walkaround

February 09, 2010


Full disclosure: it's raining cats and dogs outside. These pictures of our partially undressed 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid were taken last week before the skies opened up and we were all inundated with Toyota recall coverage. We now take you back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Turns out the Fusion Hybrid rolls around on some interesting suspend-y bits. Let's have a look.

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Brake System Software Reflash

February 05, 2010


Our 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid went to the dealer for a reflash of the software that controls the braking system. We have not yet experienced any problem with the car, but you don't want to mess around with brake problems, especially after we heard the first-hand description of the problem that Consumer Reports expereinced in their Fusion Hybrid.

Their car went into a fail-safe mode as one of their drivers rolled up to a stop sign. The regenerative system reportedly cut out and the car sailed through the stop sign, warning lights ablaze.

Before we took ours in, we first had to see if the fix applied to us. Ford started using the new software on the assembly line on October 18, 2009, so any Fusion Hybrid or Milan Hybrid made before October 17 has the old software. Our door jamb states only that our Fusion Hybrid was made in October 2009, so our car could fall on either side of the issue. A call to the Ford dealer was in order.

Us: "I'm calling about the brake software reflash on my Fusion Hybrid."

Them: "That's not us, that's Toyota."

Us: "Check your computer for Customer Satisfaction Program 10B13 or TSB number 09-22-11."

Them, after typing a few seconds: "Oh, yes. What's your VIN?" We tell them. More typing, "Yes, your car was built on October 4th. Bring it in."

So we did.

It was all over in ten minutes. It was a simple reflash of the software through the diagnostic port. No charge, of course.

But look what the invoice says ...

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Ready Telltale (x 2)

February 04, 2010


After starting up our long-term 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid yesterday, I noticed something:

What's that green telltale in the lower right corner of the meter cluster? It lit up after I keyed the ingnition on.

At first I thought it showed that the car is being powered in pure electric mode. But then the internal combustion engine (ICE) kicked in and that telltale stayed lit. So that's not it.

Hmmmm. It kind of looks like an Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) headway icon. You know, to control the interval to the preceding vehicle. But our test car doesn't have ACC. But I stabbed at the Cruise master On/Off switch on the steering wheel anyway to power it off. Again that green telltale stayed lit.

OK, enough semi-educated guessing. Time to RTFM.

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Video Walkaround

February 02, 2010


Here is a tour of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Open Thread

February 02, 2010


What do you want to know about the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

Have you seen any on the road? Have you driven one? Are you considering buying one yourself?

Write your reviews and questions in the comments section.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Retro Future Combination

February 01, 2010


I heard a song on the Broadway radio station this morning that was written in the 1960s. The lyrics were about what summed up each decade of the Twentieth Century. The 1920s roared, the 1930s screamed, the 1940s were all about war, etc. Then it speculated what the 1990s would be like. They sang about having robots to pick the cotton. Huh?

There was a time when this photo would have looked so modern. Wow, a push-button code to unlock my car. But now this seems so retro, in a Disney Tomorrowland kind of way.

Our Fusion Hybrid is not keyless, so even if you use this combination lock, you still need the key. So why not just push the button on the key fob to unlock the door? The only benefit I can see to this feature is if you lock your keys in your car. You can punch in the number and voila, you're saved.

Have any of you owned a car with the number combination on the door? And if so, did you use it regularly?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 2,830 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Seamless Transition

January 31, 2010


It's a new world.

Let's face it, full on gasoline engines are so last century. We may love them. We may still import them by the boat load. But at some point we have to face the future.

Will this century be made up of hybrid cars or electric vehicles or hydrogen fuel cells or something else entirely? Who knows what tomorrow brings?

But if the future includes cars like the Fusion Hybrid, I can live with it.

Find out more as we feature the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid as car of the week.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Start Already! Oh...wait...

January 25, 2010

If I drove a hybrid everyday I'm sure I'd get used to the "starting" procedure. But because I only drive them occasionally, even when they are in our long-term fleet, I still find myself wondering why they won't "start." I'll actually turn the key and think something is wrong because the engine isn't running.

Our long-term 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a great example. If you watch this video you can see me turn the key and hear all the traditional bells and whistles most cars make when they are started. The gauges cluster lights up, as does the LCD screen in the center stack. But the engine doesn't actually start until about 31 seconds into the video after I'm backing down the driveway (if you turn up the volume and listen closely you can hear the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine rumble to life).

Of course compared to our long-term Mini E, which never "starts," the Ford does still offer the familiarity of drivetrain NVH most of the time. But as more hybrids (and pure electric vehicles) are produced we'll all have to re-adjust our definitions and expectations of starting a vehicle.

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Car of the Year

January 22, 2010


Ford swept the "of the year" awards for 2010 at this year's Detroit auto show with the Fusion Hybrid winning car of the year and the Transit Connect taking truck of the year.

While I can't explain the choice of the Transit Connect, the Fusion defeated a list of impressive cars for the title. Its competition included the Chevy Camaro, Honda Insight, Kia Soul and Porsche Panamera.

Which car would you have voted for?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Vote For It on Face-Off

January 14, 2010


The Fusion needs all the help it can get against its Ford family member, the Mustang. Voting closes tomorrow afternoon, so head over to CarPool and make your case now or forever hold your peace.

The second round of the Face-Off All American Tournament begins Monday morning.

James Riswick, Face-Off Ayatollah

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