The Ford Fusion Hybrid offers buyers an earth-friendly alternative to regular mid-size sedans. Its hybrid system shines with reduced emissions and increased fuel economy, all wrapped in a sleek new body.
The Fusion Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in combination with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. To link the gas engine and electric motor together, a continuously variable transmission, also known as a CVT, is used to optimally match the power and gearing. Safety features include anti-lock brakes with panic brake assist, AdvanceTrac electronic stability and traction control, LED taillights, security system, eight-airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
All three engines team with a six-speed automatic, and the turbo 1.6-liter will have a six-speed manual option. Ford expects similar gas mileage with the base setup to last year's 2.5-liter Fusion, which ranged from 22/30 mpg city/highway to 23/33 mpg. Ford pulled out the stops with the 1.6-liter Fusion, which gets a start-stop system and 26/37 mpg. Ford expects the turbo 2.0-liter will rate 23/33 mpg. All three engines will run on regular-grade gas.
The Fusion Hybrid teams a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that runs on a more efficient Atkinson cycle to an electric motor, with 185 total hp. A lithium-ion battery powers the motor, which allows the Fusion Hybrid to cruise on electric power at speeds up to 62 mph. That's a 15-mph improvement over the last Fusion Hybrid. Ford maintains performance will be similar between the 2.0-liter Fusion Hybrid and its 2.5-liter predecessor, with overall gas mileage at 47/44 mpg ? besting the outgoing car's 41/36 mpg, as well as the 2012 Camry Hybrid (up to 43/39 mpg) and Sonata Hybrid (35/40 mpg).
Ford anticipates the plug-in Fusion Energi, meanwhile, will get more than 100 mpg equivalent, beating quasi-competitors like the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius plug-in. With a full tank and battery charge, Ford estimates a 500-mile total range. Like other plug-in hybrids, the Energi car runs in EV mode until battery depletion, but standing on the gas calls up engine power ? albeit at much higher thresholds than in the Fusion Hybrid. Total system output remains the same 185 hp.