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2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Fusion Hybrid MSRP: $ 28600.00
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Description:
Pros:
  • Roomy interior
  • 40 mpg is achievable
  • Impressive looking interior
  • Long list of standard features and high-tech options
Cons:
  • Stereo and climate controls can be a distraction
  • Premium price for hybrid model
  • Three-bar grille not very attractive
Ruling: The well-rounded 2011 Ford Fusion is outstanding for a midsize family sedan and having a hybrid drivetrain makes it even better. The Ford Fusion boasts an upscale looking interior, excellent fuel economy from its hybrid drivetrain, and a long list of standard and optional features.

A 2.5-liter four-cylinder, running on an Atkinson cycle, is mated to an electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT) to turn in power figures similar to those available from a V6 engine - but with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder. The Fusion Hybrid earns an EPA-rated 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the open highway.

Keeping the driver informed and inspired to drive more frugally is Ford's SmartGauge with EcoGuide, a unique instrument cluster display that helps coach owners to optimize performance of their hybrid.

SmartGauge with EcoGuide features two high-resolution, full-color LCD screens on either side of the analog speedometer that can be configured to show different levels of information, including fuel and battery power levels, and average and instant miles per gallon. EcoGuide uses a multilayered approach to coach the driver to maximum fuel efficiency.

The Fusion Hybrid gets its own 17-inch wheels, a standard 110-volt power outlet and eco-friendly seat fabric made from postindustrial 100 percent recycled materials. For 2011, HD Radio is a new option.

CarReview's opinion of the: 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Pros
  • Great MPG
  • Decent power
  • Amenities galore & cool dash
Cons
  • Small trunk due to battery placement
  • Interior space a bit tight for a family
  • Styling not a strong suit

Ruling: The Fusion Hybrid is very competent in power and maneuverability, great on fuel efficiency despite my driving style, and had lots of bells and whistles on the inside. The tight interior space and trunk space as well as the seats would prevent me from taking this car on a long road trip again, but I think the Fusion Hybrid would make a fine commute car.



 
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Reviewed by:
Steve


Review Date
October 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
3 Months to 1 year

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1.78 of 5, 36.00 votes

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Review 1 of 1 , from Baltimore

Price Paid:  $0.00

Year / Model Reviewed:
2011 Fusion Hybrid Sedan

Strengths:
This vehicle is above anything else in the Ford lineup! When purchasing this vehicle I compared it to the Volvo S80 and Acura TL Interiors and Accessory Options. Although you're not going to get the same traditional car performance from this Hybrid as you would with the previously mentioned, I've been getting 45MPG combined since I picked it up a week ago. A really nice trade-off.

Weaknesses:
The Sync system is good, but the Sirius radio source sounds terrible, even with the premium sound system. Also, the Sirius Travel Link is supposed to come with free Sirius Traffic on Fords, but I haven't been able to get that set up yet.

Summary:
45 MPG with Luxury Features

The fit and finish of this car is great! Don't hold back if you're buying this car. Get all the options and you won't regret it. Leather, Sync, Sony Sound, Sun Roof, and Power Seats makes it easy to compare to Luxury brands while getting some terrific mpgs!




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