Ford Fusion Hybrid Gets A Toyota-Slamming 47 MPG City/Highway

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The 2013 Ford Fusion is the best-looking mid-size sedan to come along in a generation. Personally, we wouldn't buy the hybrid version (the smaller fourbanger version will get a six-speed and 37 MPG), but if you had to buy a hybrid the now 2.0-liter-equipped Fusion blew out expectations and offers 47 MPG in the city and highway.


That sound you're hearing is everyone at Ford furiously making the crossed-arms "suck-it" motion in the direction of Japan.

This is near-Prius fuel economy from a much larger, much less snooze-worthy vehicle. Toyota Camry Hybrid? 43 MPG city/39 MPG highway. Malibu Eco? 25 MPG city/37 MPG Highway.

Sure, the Fusion is a couple grand more than these other options, but it's clearly worth the small price difference. In just two (approximately) generations of hybrid vehicles, Ford has taken what they needed from Toyota and dominated the competition in performance. No one else is even close on both city and highway except for smaller Toyotas.

They're also doing the interesting trick of keeping mileage in-line with the C-Max Hybrid, meaning you can get superior efficiency across different form factors.


Damnit Ford, you've got us writing positively about hybrid vehicles. We'll need two Shelby GT500 special editions, stat. And a bigass diesel truck.


Ash78, voting early and often

My biggest fear on hybrids is buying used, when the battery packs' capacity (and future obsolescence) is an issue. With numbers this good, I might consider buying new.

But in the same segment, you also have the Passat tdi with lower, but competitive numbers, and a far simpler drivertrain arrangement. No battery packs to fail.

It's all moot — I'm never buying another sedan, but if they wagonize it...hmmm.