The new 2013 hybrid Ford Fusion has earned the bragging rights to call itself the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan in the land. It’s EPA score approaches the Prius liftback for miles per gallon.
Hybrid Ford Fusion earns all 47s
The hybrid version of the popular Ford Fusion has earned 47 mpg across the board; on the highway, in town and combined. That is just four shy of the Prius’s 51 city mpgs.
The numbers are impressive. It beats the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 8 miles on the highway and by 4 in the city.
Ford CEO sings praises
Ford CEO Alan Mulally patted his company on the back after receiving the EPA’s ratings:
“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value. We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles.”
Looking to CAFE future
Automakers are all scurrying to develop more fuel efficient commercial models in advance of 2025, when the federally-mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, rules come into effect. Under those rules, all new vehicles sold in the U.S. must get a fuel rating of 54.5 mpg or better.
The rules were finalized last month. At that time, President Obama said:
“By the middle of the next decade, our cars will get nearly 55 miles per gallon, almost double what they get today. It’ll strengthen our nation’s energy security, it’s good for middle class families and it will help create an economy built to last.”
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Popularity and buyer priorities
The push also makes sense because, according to many sources, today’s buyers have put fuel economy near the top of their list of considerations when selecting a model.
And it is also sensible that Ford would target the attractive Fusion for a fuel efficiency re-do. It is one of the automakers best-selling models, and it hopes a less-thirsty version will bring buyers scrambling to Ford dealers in Brooklyn and across the nation.
Added fuel savings
Ford is also offering an additional way to further stretch a gallon of gas that is not reflected in its EPA rating. The Fusion powered by the 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine has an optional stop-start system for another $300 or so. Stop-start systems turn off the engine when the vehicle comes to a complete stop, such as at red lights and stop signs, and restarts it again when the accelerator is depressed.
A head turner
The hybrid Fusion is definitely turning heads. Even those hybrid-hating gear heads at Jalponik were impressed enough to say that it “is the best-looking mid-size sedan to come along in a generation.”