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Gas at $1.50 per gallon?
By swhitehorn on
Vehicle2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
ReviewThere is a learning curve on how to drive a hybrid and Ford gives you several coaching tools to help you maximize your mpg.
There are a few things you can do up front.
One is to make sure there is 35 lbs of pressure in each tire (check tire pressure when tires are cold or haven't be driven on in 8 hrs or more.)
Wax your car, slow down and ease on the accelerator and brakes.
Use the cruise control in the eco mode whenever possible.
Remember, by driving conservatively you also create less wear and tear on your vehicle and for the most part drive safer.
As compared to my 08 Accord EXL V6 the combined epa increases from 22 to 47 mpg, hence the $1.50 per gallon of gas.
Best FeaturesLove all the padded surfaces near the driver. The exterior design is a huge improvement over the old Fusion. All windows are a one touch operation, both up and down with the rear windows rolling all the way down, extremely rare in this class and price range. By installing the battery in the trunk, jump starts are actually much easier and the battery life is increased because there is no engine heat to affect it. Good idea, Ford. The ride/handling compromise is the best in class, outstanding because we are talking a hybrid here.
Worst FeaturesFord has actually improved on Toyota's Hybrid concept by engineering an electric water pump, power steering, fuel pump, and ac compressor. As a result, the Atkinson cycle gas engine is not affected by these components. The body style, ride/handling compromise, and overall engineering is superior to all other hybrids, regardless of price, in my opinion.
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