2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review

2010-Ford-Fusion-Hybrid There are many times when the domestic automakers disappoint me, often tragically.  Ford’s promise of a world-class hybrid sedan was a recipe for disaster.   Except that it didn’t quite turn out that way.  The Fusion Hybrid can stand proudly next to an Altima Hybrid, and a Camry Hybrid.  In fact, it can stand up a little bit taller – because it’s better.

Say what?  Ford does hybrid better than Toyota?  You better believe it.  Better looks?  Check.  Better performance?  Check.  Better handling?  Check.  Better fuel economy?  Oh yea, Check.  The 2010 Fusion Hybrid isn’t good “for a Ford.”  It’s just plain good, really good.  Let’s take a look at some numbers so you can see where I’m coming from.

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Specs

  • 191 net HP
  • 156 HP, 136 lb-ft 2.5 liter I4 Atkinson cycle engine
  • 35 HP, 166 lb-ft electric motor
  • CVT – Continuously variable transmission
  • Drive electric-only up to 47 MPH
  • Standard SmartGuage display
  • EPA Says: 41 MPG city , 36 MPG highway
  • Curb weight: 3805 lbs
  • Base MSRP: $27,270

You’ll notice a couple things from the above specs.  One, the Fusion Hybrid costs about $1100 more than a Camry Hybrid.  However, it gets significantly better mileage – try 8 MPG better in the city, and 2 mpg better on the highway.  If you want to get crazy, the Fusion Hybrid is actually rated 1 MPG better in the city than the much smaller Civic Hybrid.  How bout them apples?

The interior is also excellent, something prior Fusions had trouble with.  Your focus immediately goes to the SmartGauge dual LCD screens behind the steering wheel.  This is where you see all the cool stats about the hybrid system – what’s powering the car, how much juice your batteries have, etc.  Outside, the Fusion Hybrid gets pretty much the same look as the regular 2010 Fusion.  The giveaways are the aero wheels, enclosed fog light recesses, and little green hybrid badges.  This one sure doesn’t scream “Look at me, I’m a hybrid!” like the Prius does.  And that, folks, is a good thing.

It seems everything is going right for the Ford Fusion Hybrid.  All except that pesky $1.50 per gallon gas, which has more people buying pickemup trucks.  No worries, that will soon pass, and Ford will sell all the Fusion Hybrids it can sell, even at the lofty-sounding $27,270 price.  This one, folks, is a winner.

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Gallery

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Reviews

Car and Driver reviews the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and writes – ‘The car still performs pretty well, too. Our 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 8.5 seconds isn’t stellar—the Fusion hybrid weighs 3805 lb, which doesn’t help—although it’s actually faster than the time we recorded for the old 2.3-liter four-cylinder Fusion automatic. Mid-range passing performance is very good, however, and the Fusion easily merges into speeding freeway traffic. What’s more, it’s very hard to detect when the car is running in all-electric or gas-electric mode—the engine on-off function is quite seamless—unless one is staring intently at the readouts on the instrument panel.’

Left Lane News reviews the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and writes – ‘The Fusion Hybrid is an ideal marketing tool for Ford’s impending financial recovery. A product-led renaissance needs a halo vehicle for its mainstream lineup and Fusion Hybrid delivers – especially based on the numbers. To be able to market a vehicle capable of greater than 40 mpg in the city driving most urban and suburban drivers experience on a daily basis must be a dream come true for Ford’s marketing team. Fortunately, the hybrid powertrain is wrapped in a pretty darn good sedan that might have you second-guessing its blue-oval badge.’

Jalopnik reviews the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and writes – ‘Ford looks at the Camry Hybrid as its main competition. Aside from easily besting that vehicle’s fuel economy, the Fusion also comprehensively outdrives the Camry; providing a level of steering feel, control responsiveness and overall ability that’s far greater than that of its Japanese competition. It’s even fun to drive. Really, a hybrid is fun to drive. The suspension provides controlled damping that leads to both good ride and cornering, while there’s plenty of poke available from the 35 HP, 166 Lb-Ft electric motor combined with the 156 HP, 136 Lb-Ft 2.5-liter gasoline engine.’

LA Times reviews the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and writes – ‘On my 50-mile drive, I was able to feather-foot the throttle enough to accelerate to commuting speeds without waking the gas engine. When I needed to accelerate faster, I could dip in to the engine horsepower briefly to overcome inertia, then maintain momentum with the electric motor. At one stage I was getting 63 mpg.’

Published on December 31, 2008 in Ford,Hybrids

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