The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid doesn't have enough ratings to earn a Valid Total Car Score. Even so, technology buffs and environmentally-conscious consumers are likely to find them intriguing.
Naturally, the chief attraction to both these models is their outstanding fuel economy. The all-new Fusion Hybrid is expected to deliver 47 mpg city while being able to run at speeds up to 62 mph on battery power alone, while the Fusion Energi is said to return more than 100 mpg-e (a new measure that translates to "miles-per-gallon-equivalent"). If all that isn't enough, there's a long list of standard technology features including Ford's voice-controlled Sync system and cutting-edge options including a lane departure system that alerts the driver if the vehicle drifts out of the lane and will even intervene to automatically steer it back on course.
Negatives include the price tags on these models, which will likely be high enough to negate any savings you may see at the gas pumps. Start adding some of high-tech options and things can get even more expensive in a hurry. Trunk space also takes a hit to make room for the hybrid system's battery pack.
Since the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are all-new models, no major changes are expected for at least the next few years.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are five-passenger midsize sedans.
Power for the Fusion Hybrid comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor for a total estimated output of 185 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. The Fusion Energi uses a slightly modified version of the same system, with the addition of a larger battery pack that can be charged from a wall socket to boost the car's all-electric range. A continually-variable transmission is standard on both models.
The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are available in S, SE and Titanium trim levels. While both these hybrids come well-equipped, they also offer a long list of high-tech marvels like adaptive cruise control, and rear parking assist with cross-path detection. An automated system will even parallel park your car better than most human drivers can manage.
Official EPA fuel economy estimates haven't been announced as of this writing, but the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is expected to achieve ratings of 47 mpg city and 44 mpg highway. The Ford Fusion Energi
is expected to achieve more than 100MPGe, a miles-per-gallon equivalent used for electric vehicles.
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